Another Florida RB Attractive to Clones

Impressive statistics and accolades are becoming commonplace for a Lakeland (Fla.) George Jenkins tailback that put the team on his back last fall and carried it to the Class 4A state playoffs. As a result, many Division I programs are hot on his trail and have offered scholarships.

Included in that mix is Iowa State and area recruiter Chris Ash, who like what they see from 6-foot, 180-pound tailback Tyease Thompson, who rushed for 1,785 yards while racking up more than 600 yards receiving and scoring 21 offensive touchdowns.

He recently attended camps at Miami, Florida and Central Florida, and says Georgia, Florida, South Florida and Pittsburgh could be next. Thompson indicated he has scholarship offers from a majority of those schools, including a verbal offer from the Cyclones.

ISU secondary coach Chris Ash's relationship with Thompson is one of the program's biggest selling points at this point.

"Coach Ash writes hand-written letters and that's what I like," said Thompson, a first-team all-state performer in Class 4A and District 12-4A player of the year. "Anybody can send you a typed letter, but a hand-written letter means something to me. Whenever he calls me, it's more of a friend-friend relationship than coach-player.

"I really like Coach Ash and hope I can get a visit up there. I'm going to make sure I get a visit up there as one of my five. I haven't had an official offer from them yet, but I have had a verbal offer. Iowa State looks really good."

Thompson will also be studying the rosters of teams he seriously considers, and what his chances are of hitting the field early.

"I'm looking at depth and how fast I can play, so I really have no ties to the state of Florida. That's not a prerogative. Football's played everywhere, not just in Florida."

Playing defense at the next level is also a possibility, but Thompson makes it clear what position he desires.

"I prefer running back, but whatever position gets me on the field fastest is the one I like," said Thompson. "I'm a shifty runner, but at the last minute when you think I'm going to run around you, I run over you. If it's a DB or small linebacker, I will run you over. Almost all of my moves come shifting angles. I cut back in a heartbeat."

Thompson's not shy about describing his playing style, which could come across as confident.

"I play whistle to whistle, hit you in the mouth, talk trash and tell everyone about it," he said. "Until the end of the game, I play hard. I'm a team player and motivated in that way. When I get on the field, I make everyone better."


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