OH LB Ricardo Thompson Commits to Minnesota

Ricardo Thompson a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Cincinnati (OH) Withrow High, has committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. Thompson is the 13th player to commit to Glen Mason's program.

Ricardo Thompson, who runs a 4.7 40-yard dash, told Greg Powers of Scout.com that he will be a Golden Gopher.

"I am real excited about it," Thompson said of his Minnesota commitment. "I wanted to commit early and I feel like I fit in real good with their system."

"I think that I am going to be used as an outside linebacker or nickel safety in their system."

"I was also strongly considering Miami (OH) and Cincinnati, but I just wanted to get farther away from home."

Withrow finished 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the Southwest Ohio Public League in Thompson's sophomore season as they lost in the first round of Division II playoffs. They moved up to Division I last season and finished 6-4.

Minnesota landed wide receiver Jamar Howard from Withrow last season. Unfortunately, he was unable to gain admission to Minnesota and will play at Cincinnati.

Withrow plays a tough schedule, including a spot in the third annual i-wireless FOX19 Prep Classic at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, against conference for Cincinnati Taft.

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