St. Louis Area Class of 2018 Standout Michael Thompson Jr. Adding Offers

Class of 2018 two-way lineman Michael Thompson Jr. isn't focused on recruiting.

One of the top young talents in the Midwest, defensive lineman Michael Thompson Jr. of Parkway North High School in suburban St. Louis has been one of the top risers of the spring. 

Recent offers from Michigan and Ohio State elevated the Class of 2018 prospect’s standing on a national level and his most recent offer, from Minnesota, left him with 11 offers so far with more on the way.

“It’s been going good,” Thompson told “It’s a slow process, though.”

A 6-foot-4, 280-pounder, Thompson nows he has a lot of time before he has to make a decision on where he plays his college football and he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to do that.

“I’m just letting the offers come,” he said, “and make the choices later.”

Thompson is also just working on getting better on both sides of the ball. He plays left tackle and defensive end for his high school and could end up playing offense or defense in college. 

The talented two-way lineman does have a preference.

“I like defense more,” Thompson said.

As for what’s next for the Parkway North standout and recruiting, he will get to spend some time with the coaching staff of one of his first offers soon.

Thompson, who excelled at the The Opening regional in Chicago a few weeks ago, said he will be at Missouri's camp on Sunday, June 5 at Kirkwood High School. 

“I know I’m going to the Mizzou Camp,” Thompson said.

After that, Thompson will get back to work. There will be plenty of time for camps and scholarship offers and all that, but Thompson isn’t focused on that stuff — he’s just going to work to get better.

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