Huskers offer top JC DT

Nebraska made it an effort the past couple of seasons to bring in immediate help on the defensive line with junior college talent. The Huskers have turned their sights west to California and have focused on one of the top junior college, defensive lineman in the nation. Can Nebraska lure this versatile defensive lineman to Lincoln?

One of the top rated, junior college defensive tackles this year will undoubtedly be Justin Thompson from El Camino (Calif.) J.C. The 6-foot-5 and 290 pound defensive lineman and his team have started spring practices and hopes are high at El Camino.

"We are doing spring practice right now," Thompson said. "It's going real good. We should have a small, but good recruiting class joining us this fall and a lot of sophomores coming back."

"I think that we have a national championship type team this year. We were state champions last year. We were runner up for national champs. We were very young last year and all that experience coming back this year."

Out of high school, Thompson hailed from Los Angeles and failed to qualify academically. He earned some offers and had a lot of interest, but a lot of teams simply did not offer because he was not going to qualify.

"I was originally from Westchester High School in Los Angeles (Calif.). I didn't commit or sign with anyone. I had some offers from Idaho, Idaho State, Oregon and San Jose State."

"I got a lot more attention then offers. I was a non-qualifier out of high school so that kept some of the people from offering me. I got attention from teams like Tennessee though."

In junior college, Thompson has really budded into one of the best defensive tackles in the nation. He missed two games last year because of injury, but still had a very solid year and earned some great honors.

"I missed two games last year, so that means that I played in 12 games. I had 52 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, blocked field goal, safety, five forced fumbles, three recoveries and eight batted down passes."

"I got all-conference by the coaches and I was only one of only five players last year that was a unanimous pick by all coaches for that honor. I was first team all-California and was in the running for some all-American honors."

One of the reasons Thompson is such a commodity is because he had played literally all of the defensive line positions and is a mismatch at which ever one he lines up at. He has the size and the speed to play all the way across the line.

"I play all the way across the line. I can play all over. I am versatile. I have the speed to play outside and the size to play inside. I can play the whole line."

"Division one schools are looking at me to play defensive tackle or nose. I get off the ball quick, get my hands on the offensive line quick and get a good snap on them to make their helmet jerk. I am just real aggressive and give it 110%."

Thompson literally just picked up the last offer today. Before that, he was still sitting on an impressive list of offers. Thompson is holding the favorites a little close to his chest, but he is looking at some key things when it comes to looking at a division one school.

"I am up to 11 now because Oklahoma State just offered me. I have offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Florida, Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Miami, Hawaii, Oregon State and Tennessee."

"It's really up in the air. Of course I have a couple of favorites, teams that have won national championships and that are contenders, but I am looking at some things."

"I am looking at the players that are there, how many are leaving, how many have they signed and some other things. Where I have a chance to come in and earn a starting position is really who will be a top team with me."

"I am also looking for good coaches, a nice environment to live in, but I can adapt to just about anything, and then just the teammates. I really do believe that I am ready to start playing so it's really about playing time."

Thompson will be a true sophomore this year for El Camino. "I just have one more year with El Camino. I will have three to play two years when I leave here."

The Nebraska offer is one of the latest for Thompson to receive. He is familiar with at least one player that is already at Nebraska. Thomson was actually watching some tape of Nebraska, watching this player, when he was informed about their offer.

"Coach Buddy Wyatt is recruiting me from Nebraska. I have had the offer from them for about a week. I was actually watching some film from Nebraska this past year and a buddy of mine, Marlon Lucky, and my coach told me I had an offer from them. I thought it was crazy."

"I am very interested in them, but I don't know a lot about the program. Slowly, I am finding out more and more about them. I have spoke to Coach Wyatt over text message."

Thompson said that when he faced Lucky in high school that it was a high scoring affair. Westchester knew that they were playing against a great running back, and they had one of their own. The game ended up setting a record.

"When we played against Marlon, we thought that we had a running back that we thought was one of the best in the state, and when we played it was a shootout. I think that he scored eight touchdowns and our running back scored seven. I think that it was the most points scored in a playoff game."


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