Westover – Albany, Ga.
No. 2 overall player in the country
No. 2 DT in the country
No. 1 overall player in Georgia
Trenton Thompson's tears were too difficult to hold back.
Thompson knew he wanted to honor his grandparents and decided to do so while making a life decision during what turned out to be an emotional announcement on August 12.
As expected, the five-star defensive lineman picked the Bulldogs over a nearly everyone in college football at a ceremony at Westover High School in Albany.
“It feels great,” Thompson said of picking Georgia. “I can’t wait to get up there. Coach Mark Richt is a Christian-based coach, and that’s what I like a lot about him.”
Thompson’s commitment may be the most significant of Georgia’s class of 2015. Not only does Scout.com consider him the No. 2 overall prospect in the country, but he also been to Athens for unofficial visits no fewer than six times over the last two years. Thompson’s frequent visits to Athens backed up his claim that the Bulldogs were at the top of his list in the recruiting game. Thompson has been considered a must-get prospect for the Bulldogs for some time.
Losing Thompson, who is considered the top overall prospect in Georgia, would have been a devastating jab to the Bulldogs’ recruiting plans.
“I know that I can help get great players up to Athens with me,” Thompson said.
Georgia’s coaching staff, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who were both important parts of the Bulldogs’ early relationship with Thompson, took to Twitter in their customary celebratory manner after the announcement. Thompson specifically mentioned Rocker’s importance to his recruitment.
“Coach Rocker is a great coach,” Thompson said. “I think he coach teach me the insides and outsides of how to be a defensive lineman. He won the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in the same year. I think he’s the best coach in the SEC to coach me.”
HONORS: Scout.com five-star prospect, No. 2 overall player nationally, No. 1 DT nationally, No. 1 DT in the South… Dawg Post No. 1 ranked player in Georgia… Named the 2014 Maxwell Football Club's National High School Player of the Year… Selected to represent the East in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl… 2014 American Family Insurance USA Today ALL-USA First Team Defense… 2014 USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year… Parade Magazine All-America Team… PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, No. 2 player in the PrepStar Top 300… Member of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution 2014 Super 11… 2014 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year and member of the All-State Class AAAA First Team Defense
SCOUTING: Trent is a big, massive man who has got great agility. If you meet him, he's just the nicest guy you ever want to meet, but when he's playing ball, he gets after it. He's just got tremendous quickness for a big man, changes direction, plays very hard, and I think probably the reason why he got rated as high as he did is when you start taking these guys and bringing them to all-star games or combines or whatever and you start letting them compete with some of the best, the word I got from some of those kids in those situations were like, the guy just was very difficult to handle by anybody. He's a fun kid to be around. He really is. - Mark Richt
LEGGE’S QUESTION: How quick Will Thompson be ready to play? Because that’s about the only question I have about him.
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: I saw Thompson play live three times. He’s going to get after the quarterback. He’s going to stuff the middle. He’s going to give effort. Double teams? Common. Triple teams? That happened as well. There’s not much more you can ask for from a defensive lineman who is not getting a sub dying a game. He could certainly be a NFL first round pick.