Thompson High On The Cats

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Already offered by Kansas State in the spring, Deron Thompson of Wichita (Kan.) Northwest decided not to participate in the Wildcats satellite camp held in his hometown. That doesn't mean the 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back rushed for 1482 yards as a junior isn't still very high on K-State.

"I really do like [Kansas State] a lot," Thompson told "After talking with the coaches, I'm anxious to get back to campus. I didn't play because I'm not quite one-hundred percent. It's fine though. I have a great relationship with the coaches. Blake Seiler was the first [Kansas State] coach to start recruiting me then I started talking to Dana Dimel and Andre Coleman. They tell me they believe I can make a big impact there with my speed and ability to both run and catch the ball."

Thompson holds additional offers from Army, Colorado State, Idaho, Minnesota, and Western Michigan. He insists he won't make a decision until he's had the opportunity to visit each university.

"I'm waiting right now because I want to take visits this fall," shared Thompson. "I want to go back to Minnesota and get the game day experience and see what kind of atmosphere they have. I want to do the same with Kansas State and each of the school's that have offered me. The main thing, of I'm going to be playing football somewhere, is to see what it's going to be like on game day. Academics are very important to me too, but I've done my research there on all of my schools."

Thompson ignited the Northwest Grizzlies attack as a junior with more than seven yards-per-carry and 15 rushing touchdowns. He received All-State (Kansas 6A) and All-City honors. With his team, Thompson is preparing for bigger and better in 2013.

"We'll be better for sure," affirmed Thompson. "We're looking good and confident heading into summer. This spring I feel like I improved the most on my catching, reading defenses, and blocking."

The Grizzlies finished the season 6-4 a season ago falling in the first round to Topeka. Thompson's backfield mate, Christian Sanders, is also receiving some recruiting attention. The two should make for a potent tandem in the Greater Wichita City Conference.

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