Andover RB Jamar Thompson Talks Recruitment

Jamar Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound running back from Andover High, not only is one of the top running backs in the state of Minnesota, but he has one of the biggest cheering sections around as well. Thompson had uncles, aunts, sisters and other friends in attendance as he helped lead Andover to a 32-7 win over Elk River in their season opener Friday night. caught up with Thompson to find the latest on his recruitment.

Jamar Thompson did a little of everything in their win over Elk River, despite an Elks' defense that had made stopping him a top priority. Thompson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass, was the team's leading rusher and was used extensively in the Huskies' passing attack. He also spent time on the defensive end of the field, playing a combination safety/linebacker.
Thompson was named honorable mention to 2004 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Prep Football Team as a junior as he led his team to a 5-5 mark. The Huskies are entering their fourth year in existence and were just 2-16 in their first two seasons.
Thompson rushed 257 times for 1,366 yards with 17 touchdowns and led the Northwestern Suburban Conference in all rushing categories last year.
Thompson had three 200-yard games, caught 25 passes for 252 yards and had three games of four touchdowns last season.
Thompson also played on the Huskies basketball team that made it to the state tournament, losing to eventual state champion Shakopee, 69-51. He averaged 7.6 points per game.
Thompson is also a standout on the track team, although he was slowed this past year by injuries.

What is the latest on schools that you are hearing from?
"I'm hoping to get some calls tonight since it is September 1st. It is the beginning of the period where coaches can call you. I'll see when I get home. I know there are a couple of schools who might be calling. I'll find out when I get home. I'll check the caller ID because I don't know if I'll get home in time to get some of those calls."
Who are you getting the most mail from recently?
"Most recently, some letters from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa. Some smaller schools like Concordia, St. Cloud State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota, North Dakota State. A good variety, so I'm just trying to find out what I can do in the time that I have."
Your father, Earl, played at Western Illinois, right? 
"At D1-AA, he played some safety and was an All-American (AP third team in 1983 and honorable mention in 1984). Some footsteps that I want to follow in and try to do better than my dad."
What position are most of the school looking at you at? Are they talking about moving you to a wide receiver."
"It depends on what school you go to. Some schools see me as a wide receiver. Some see me as a running back. I'd beef up, I know that. Other schools see me as a safety. It depends on what school you talk to and where I want to play." 
Any plans to go to any college games the next few weeks?
"I want to take a run at going to Wisconsin and see some of their games. Their stadium is awesome. It is fun to see them play at Camp Randall. Wisconsin plays at Minnesota this year, so they need some revenge, Minnesota does to beat them this year."
Do you have anything planned for this weekend or next?
"No. Possibly next week, I'll have to look at the calendar and see what is going on. I know that we have some football stuff going on, so I don't want to interfere with that too much.
Any offers yet?
Not yet. We'll find out this month. Hopefully, I'll get something and keep the season rolling.

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