Navy QB commit: "Excited to serve my country"

Troy Thompson played against some of the best competition the Peach State has to offer in Class AAAAAA. Although the 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback has been committed to the U.S. Naval Academy since October, he kept it under wraps. Now that it's time for National Signing Day, Thompson spoke to about his decision to join the Midshipmen.

"Coach Niumatalolo and Coach Ingram were on the same page as me with not making my commitment public," said Troy Thompson. "My decision was based on my comfort level with the team and the coaches. It felt like family and a place where I would prosper. I like the fact that I'm the only quarterback going in direct to the Academy. I love that Coach Jasper told me that I reminded him of Ricky Dobbs, who I enjoyed watching and was also from the Atlanta area. He told me that I'm the perfect combination of a running and throwing quarterback like Ricky if not more.

"I'm also very excited to serve my country. I see it as a blessing. I believe it should be the obligation of all young men to do so for the country that does so much to them. The experience, I feel, will turn me into a man and, in doing so, I'll be able to lead other men."

Thompson, who sports a 4.07 GPA at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga., had offers from Harvard and Yale with Georgia Tech showing heavy interest prior to his commitment. This was Thompson's first year as the starting signal caller for the Hawks after sitting out most of his junior season with an injury and he made the most of it.

"It wasn't a bad year looking back on it," Thompson said. "We finished third in our region but lost in the first round of the playoffs. I had 2000 yards passing, 500 rushing yards, and 24 touchdowns passing and rushing. I was recognized as Cobb County Player of Week for my game against Westlake and was honorable mention All-County.

"I definitely improved this year on reading defenses. I felt like I did a good job of analyzing what they were going to do before the play started and making the necessary adjustments. My efficency was one of the biggest things I improved upon. I passed at a 67-percent completion rate and only had five interceptions on the season."

Thompson was named an academic All-American by Atlanta's In the Game magazine. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, and an honor student in Spanish. His head coach at Hillgrove, Phillip Ironside, also served as his quarterback coach. Ironside was an All-Conference quarterback at Middle Tennessee State. Top Stories