Chad Simmons

Florence, Alabama linebacker Erroll Thompson talks about the recent developments in his recruitment.

Mississippi State picked up a verbal commitment for their 2016 signing class just before the 2015 season began when highly coveted linebacker Erroll Thompson offered his pledge to Dan Mullen and his staff. A few schools have remained in touch with Thompson over the course of the last few weeks, but with the finish line in sight, Thompson has no plans to alter his course.

"I am ready to get it all over with, "Erroll Thompson said with a chuckle. "It's been a lot of fun, but it really gets stressful. Most people will never understand the stress we go through with all of this.

"I have enjoyed myself and I have enjoyed the process, but I am looking forward to signing day."

Mississippi State fans have been able to have confidence in Thompson who promised that his recruitment was over when he pledged his allegiance before his senior season began. As things stand now, the talented linebacker has no plans to officially visit any programs other than Mississippi State.

"I am taking my official the weekend of the 22nd," Thompson said. "Arkansas and a couple of other schools have talked to me about visiting them, but I am not entertaining any of that. I am just going to visit Mississippi State like I always planned to do."

The Bulldogs are in the final stages of hiring a new linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. 2015 defensive boss, Manny Diaz, recently accepted a new position at the University of Miami. While Thompson must wait to find out who his new position coach will be, he was especially pleased to learn that the Mississippi State defensive staff will now include Coach Terrell Buckley.

"I have heard a lot of great things about Coach Buckley," Thompson said. "My former teammate, Dee Smith, is at Louisville and Coach Buckley was his position coach. Dee told me all about Coach Buckley. He said that he's a great coach and that I am going to enjoy being around him."

Thompson had hoped to have a season to play with former teammate and fellow linebacker Beniquez Brown. Brown has elected to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft pool. While Thompson will miss the chance to be teammates again, the three star middle linebacker is excited about what is to come.

"I am proud for him," Thompson said of Brown. "I wish him nothing, but the best. I hope things work out great for him. By him moving on, it may provide some more opportunities for me. I am just working out and getting ready to get up there. With him going pro, that's one less guy on the depth chart, so I have the chance to come in and earn a spot."

While there have been some comings and goings in Starkville, Thompson reports that he remains in regular contact with the Mississippi State coaching staff.

"I hear from the coaches every single day," Thompson said. "Coach (Billy) Gonzales just hit me up on twitter to ask me who I had in the National Title game. I am pulling for Alabama. I have to go with my home state and with the SEC,"


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