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With one running back in the fold for Minnesota, what position are they in to land another talented back in Wichita (KS.) Northwest running back Deron Thompson?

Minnesota has one of the top running backs in the nation committed already with Minneapolis (MN.) Washburn running back Jeffrey Jones. That doesn't mean the Gophers have stopped recruiting at the position and actually sit in good shape for another good one in Wichita (KS.) Northwest running back Deron Thompson. He recaps how a past visit to Minneapolis went and his reaction to walking away with an offer.

"I went up to Minnesota on a unofficial visit sometime in the spring and I got to talk to Coach (Jerry) Kill and he told me that they wanted to offer me," Thompson told GopherDigest. "I know that I am a wanted man up there and could help contribute. I was just very excited about getting that offer and couldn't believe it. I like everything about Minnesota. It is a very beautiful place and I still think about it since I have left."

That initial impression with Coach Kill on the visit really vaulted his relationship with him and feels he could be more than just his coach. The coaching staff is not only people giving Thompson the selling pitch for the Gophers as a few of the commits have put on their recruiting hats as well.

"Everybody I have talked to has their own pitch, but Coach Kill really wants to know about me, so I can't argue with that," said Thompson. "He is a good person and good coach. He is someone you can get along with and be friends with forever."

"Yeah, their class is really trying to get me to join. I have been hearing from Dimonic McKinzy and Gaelin Elmore the most about Minnesota. They tell me they could use a guy like me there and if you want to win, then you should come because we got a good thing going."

While the Gophers have expressed a high level of interest in the 5-9, 175-pound speedster, it hasn't scared away anyone from trying to land the talented runner. He also talks about how his summer agenda is shaping up too.

"My recruitment is going good," said Thompson. I got offers from Minnesota, Kansas State, Colorado State, Idaho, Western Michigan and Army. I am also hearing from many others and it can be a lot at times, but I am taking it in stride. I don't really have a top list or any favorites yet. I just want to take some visits and go from there."

"I am not going to any camps, but for the rest of this summer, I will be doing track meets and not sure yet on visits. I will take some visits in the fall, but during the summer, I'm not sure. I will for sure visit Minnesota again and can't wait to get back up there."

Many are not familiar with Thompson's game, so who is better to scout the man and describe his game, then the man himself.

"As a running back, when I get the ball in my hands, I am looking to score every play," said Thompson. "When the ball is not in my hands, I am trying to find a way to help the team if that means getting a big block for the quarterback or whatever. I would probably compare my game to Reggie Bush and Chris Johnson. I got the burners if I ever need to kick them on, so I can do a lot."

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