Thompson Now Bulldog Family

Minutes after his son announced his commitment to Mississippi State, Erroll Thompson Sr. sighed, "I am glad it's over. I didn't think he was going to bed at all last night." While the formal announcement was pending, it turns out the decision to be a Bulldog took place several days ago. The talented linebacker and his parents are now part of the Bulldog football family.

"I just feel like Mississippi State had the best interest in me," Thompson said. "I felt at home when I went down there. I loved the coaching staff, everything about their campus and their football program."

While the public declaration came today, Thompson reports he has been bullish about Mississippi State for some time.

"About a month ago, I sat down and talked with myself and God," Thompson said. "I just felt like this was the direction that I needed to go. The coaches there have known for about a week."

With football practices now underway, Thompson wanted to get his decision behind him, so that he could train his focus on Florence High School football.

"I want to focus more on winning a state championship instead of this whole recruiting thing," Thompson said. "I am 100% to Mississippi State. I just want to go help my team win games now. I guess there is a little pressure on me, but I am just ready to ball out with my boys."

Projected as a middle linebacker, Thompson has had the chance to get to know Bulldog defensive coordinator Manny Diaz throughout the recruiting process. The three star talent reports that his relationship with his future position coach is a very good one.

"We are really close," Thompson said of Diaz. "He has been blowing up my phone all day, this whole week actually. "We talked yesterday and he told me that no matter where I chose that he would still support me wherever I go. He said he would be there for me."

Diaz will now get the chance to coach Thompson who is open to playing wherever the team needs him to play.

"He is talking about me coming in and playing on the inside and competing for a spot early." Thompson said. "He said that they are going to work on developing me the best way they can."

One of the key factors in Thompson's deliberations was the inside intel from former high school teammates Beniquez Brown and Kivon Coman who are currently on the Mississippi State roster.

"They told me that you are going to work really hard and that they are going to develop you the best way that they can," Thompson said. "They told me that you are going to come out of it a better player and person in the end."

Brown and Coman were not the only former Florence High players to offer a friendly word of advice about the recruiting process.

"I talked a lot with Keaton Anderson (Alabama) mainly. He was the main one I talked to," Thompson said. "I talked with my parents and Coach (Jason) Wallace, my teammates and the other coaches who helped guide me through this process."

With his college decision now settled, Thompson wants to honor his original commitment to Florence High School. The talented linebacker believes this could be a season to remember for FHS fans.

"I feel like we can be really good," Thompson said. "We still have a few plays to work on. We just need to come together as a team, but I feel like we can do some big things this year."

Gene's Page Top Stories