However, after catching 19 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown in 2004, Thompson decided to leave the Duke program – and a likely starting position - following spring practice. Last Monday, the lanky Thompson arrived in Louisville where he'll reunite with former high school teammate Brandon Cox, a sophomore defensive end, at U of L.
According to Thompson, U of L was the only school he considered transferring to after leaving Durham last spring, and Cox was a major reason why he decided to make the move to Louisville.
Thompson started six games at Duke as
a true freshman last season.
Coming out of high school, Thompson, who was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, also had offers from Marshall, Wake Forest, and Auburn. And while he enjoyed his stay at Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference program just wasn't the right fit.
"[Duke] just wasn't the place for me," said Thompson, who started six games as a freshman for the Blue Devils last season. "They have a good coaching staff and I still talk to some of the players there. I could have seen myself succeeding there but there is more competition here."
Thompson said the major difference between Duke and U of L is the talent level and competition for playing time. Even though the Cardinals have a log-jam of talented receivers that includes several talented newcomers, including Notre Dame transfer Chris Vaughn, and true freshmen Scott Long and Trenton Guy, Thompson said he's happy with his decision to transfer to U of L.
"Even though we have a lot of receivers here, we still get a lot of reps," Thompson said. "Everybody works hard and the practices are fast paced. My teammates are real cool, and the coaching staff works us hard."