"One thing I liked about this practice was I actually saw the coaches personalities," said Thompson, who caught 35 passes for 700+ yards and 14 TDs during the 2010 season. "I saw how they acted and things like that. You go to a Junior Day and they are all nice to you and telling you what you want to hear. But (when you go to practice) you actually see how they act and you see the atmosphere of the practice."
As for the practice itself, one word came to his mind.
"Their practice is intense; it's real intense," said the 6-4, 195-pounder. "I like it. I like how intense it is. It's interesting to me."
MSU's practice reminded him of his own high school practices.
"At our practices it's kind of like dog eat dog, just like it is there," said Thompson, who earned MAC 5A Second-Team All-State in 2010. "You either get out there and get after it or you go home. It's pretty much the same."
While attending MSU's practice, he had a chance to talk to a couple of the coaches.
"I talked to a few of the coaches during the practice," said Thompson, who has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Ole Miss. "I talked to (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen and the running back coach (Greg Knox). They were pretty cool. They were just telling me that they were glad to have me there. And telling me a little bit about things. They were telling (Pearl HS teammate) Twymond (Howard) how, because he's got this country thickness about him, that he could be an athletic tight end."
Next up for Thompson is watching a Southern Miss scrimmage Friday afternoon at Pearl High School.
"I stay in Pearl (Friday) because Southern Miss is coming up (for a scrimmage) and I want to watch them and see how all their coaches act," said Thompson.
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