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Michigan Junior to Watch: John Thompson

Name: John Thompson
School: Detroit Crockett
State: Michigan
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230 lbs.
Forty: 4.60 sec.
Bench Press: 350 lbs.
Squat: 575 lbs.
GPA: 3.1 (core)
ACT: 16

2002 Honors: Detroit News First Team Class B All-State (LB); Associated Press First Team Class B All-State (LB); Detroit Free Press First Team Division 5 All-State (LB); Detroit News Second Team All-Metro Detroit (End); Detroit News First Team All-Detroit (LB); Detroit Free Press First Team All-Detroit (LB).

John Thompson seems to have emerged out of oblivion as a junior consensus All-State linebacker for Detroit Crockett. Actually, his junior season was his first year of high school ball at any level as he sat out his sophomore season after transferring from Detroit Benedictine. As a freshman at Benedictine he played little league ball in the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL). John is certainly one of the elite prospects in what is looking to be a pretty good year in the PSL. Word is that he has impressed numerous college recruiters, including the Michigan staff.

His head coach at Crockett, Steve McGhee, had this to say to us about John last week: "John was a two-way starter at MLB and TE as a junior. He's 6'3, 230 and runs a 4.5 or 4.6 forty. He was First Team All-City and All-State as a junior. He had 62 tackles, 13 interceptions and 8 TD catches. He's a cerebral player, thinks on the fly, is mentally in the game and changes calls on the fly as our defensive captain. He's a hard hitter. He's a good kid. He has a 3.1 core GPA and 3.5 or 3.6 overall GPA. He scored a 16 on the ACT. He projects at LB in college even though he has soft hands like a TE. College coaches like him and want him. There's no doubt that he's a Michigan-MSU level recruit. He's faster than (former Crockett star and current PSU freshman DL) Ed Johnson. He's a pure LB while Johnson was a 'tweener between LB & DT. There's no doubt he's as good a college prospect as Ed Johnson. Michigan State´s Reggie Mitchell said they want him and told me John is an excellent player. Minnesota as well. He's receiving letters from Michigan, MSU, FSU, Minnesota and all of the big schools. He's a Michigan fan and he will definitely attend the Michigan camp this summer. His co-favorites are Michigan and FSU, but if he had to pick he would choose Michigan as he wants his family to see him play. John sat out his sophomore season at Crockett after transferring in from Detroit Benedictine. As a freshman he played his last year of PAL ball instead of playing for Benedictine. He has a 350 max bench press and works out at 225-230 pounds. He has a 575 squat."

Here are the thumbnails published in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Associated Press:

Detroit Free Press First Team All-Detroit (LB): "LB JOHN THOMPSON School: Crockett. Class: Junior. Size: 6-2, 230 pounds. Highlights: Had 152 tackles, including 98 solos and nine sacks. Also had seven fumble recoveries and four interceptions, returning two picks for TDs. As tight end, made 11 catches, including five for TDs. Coach Steven McGhee: 'He listens well, recognizes offensive tendencies well, and has the physical attributes to carry plays out.' 3.1 GPA"

Detroit News First Team All-Detroit (LB): "Johnny Thompson, Crockett: A junior, Thompson had 151 tackles, nine sacks and four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns."

Associated Press First Team Class B All-State (LB): "The linebackers are Andrew Waugh of Saginaw Nouvel, who rang up 112 tackles; Justin Ulberg of Allendale, who led his team in tackles each of the last three years; Clay Archambault of Muskegon Oakridge, who finished his career with more than 300 tackles; and John Thompson of Detroit Crockett, who had a monster season with 152 tackles, seven fumble recoveries and four pass interceptions."

Look for Michigan to be right in the thick of thinks for Mr. Thompson. Chances are they will work hard at not letting him slip out of the state as Ed Johnson did.

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