Erroll Thompson committed to Mississippi State just before the beginning of his senior season. After making the move to running back to linebacker earlier in his high school career, Thompson's college football prospects began to flourish.
"Erroll is a big time player with big time ability and a big body," Coach Wallace said. "He has what everybody is looking for. He is a real physical player that make a lot of plays. He has the chance to be a very good college football player.
"I have had the chance to coach some great players and he certainly has the potential to be one of the better ones I've had over the years. I would certainly say he is in the top half of the very best players we have had here."
Mississippi State recruited Thompson as an inside linebacker, but Coach Wallace believes the three star defender could play in a couple of spots should the team need him too.
"That's another thing about him, he's versatile," Wallace said of Thompson. "He could gain some weight and slide out there and play defensive end if they need him to. It just depends on what they need him to do. They've talked about him playing linebacker and he's really good there, but I believe he can play whatever they need him to play on defense.
"I don't think he would have any problem at all adding some weight and making that move. He's just an explosive player that enjoys playing the game,"
While Thompson has been a player that Coach Wallace and the Falcon football program has counted on for four years, the Florence High School community has enjoyed having Thompson away from the field as well as on it.
"He is one of those guys that you wouldn't even really notice unless you knew him," Wallace said. "He doesn't draw a lot of attention to himself. He just sort of quietly goes about his business.
"Most people don't realize all of the things he does away from the field. He gets out here some mornings and runs around the track at 6:30 before school and then goes and gets ready for class. He works extremely hard and he understand that the little things matter. He is working to get better and to be the best he can be."
Thompson is one of 18 players included in the Mississippi State 2016 signing class. The three star linebacker held an early offer from Alabama, but in the end chose Mississippi State out of a final four that also included Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan.