The 34th best prospect in the country is St. Louis (Mo.) defensive tackle Michael Thompson and he showcased some of that potential and upside at Nike's The Opening regional in Chicago this past weekend. He didn't win every one-on-one rep but the four-star standout did exhibit quickness and strength for his 6-foot-4, 290 pound frame. That is also a frame that should allow him to exceed 300 pounds and still be able to play quick and with a motor.
"I thought I did good," he said about his performance. "I was one of the best but I know I need to get better all-around and I want to be better."
Thompson's offer sheet is excellent because of those traits and more. In addition to Iowa he has collected offers from Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Thompson recently took a tour of some southern schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Ole Miss and discussed what he saw and how the experience was.
"It was real hot down there," he pointed out. "That's what I remember the most. I could see myself going to school down there, though. None of them are really just standing out right now yet."
One school that has gotten quite a bit of attention from Thompson and his family is Iowa. They've been to the campus three times since last summer. The only school he's been to just as much or more is probably Missouri. That's a strong statement about his interest in the Hawkeyes.
"Iowa is close by," Thompson noted about what he likes about Kirk Ferentz and company. "They have good facilities. It's a good coaching staff. I have a good relationship with them. The conversation with them can also be just casual. We don't always have to talk about recruiting. We can talk about anything."
"I have a great relationship with coach (LeVar) Woods," he added. "He's one of my favorite coaches. He makes me feel comfortable."
Thompson shared his plan about how he will approach his recruitment moving forward.
"I'm just taking it slow still," he explained. "I'm probably just going to wait to commit on Signing Day. I'll cut it down before then but I'm not close to doing that right now."