"Malik is a soft verbal to North Carolina State right now," said coach Wensyel. "He told the coaches and coach O'Brien last night that is where he wants to go. He's really intrigued with the school and the coaches.
"But, he wants to wait until his official visit before fully committing, and he is going up there early in November. I think if all goes according to plan he will give them a firm commitment after that visit because he has heard good things about the school and has formed a nice bond with the coaches.
"He just wants to be sure," added coach Wensyel. "It's better to be safe and give the firm commitment after the visit then to do so now before going up to see how it is."
NC State was the first school to offer Thompson a scholarship, and he was also hearing from Florida, Louisville, FIU, FAMU, Central Florida, South Florida, and Northern Illinois.
The 6-6, 260-pound senior is a two-way performer and has the potential to play offensive tackle, defensive tackle or defensive end in college. State is recruiting him to play defensive end.
"Well, most schools are recruiting Malik to play along the defensive line, but some school were intrigued with him as an offensive lineman because of his size," said coach Wensyel. "This is his first year really playing offensive line for us and he's been doing great.
"He's really working hard. He has shed some baby fat and is in terrific shape. He moves a lot better and is more explosive off the ball. He is also becoming a vocal leader for us."
Thompson is being recruited by Wolfpack assistant coach Mike Reed. According to his coach, he projects to be a full academic qualifier.