S/OLB Matt Thompson from E Alamance High School in Mebane, NC appeared to be a heavy lean to NC State throughout most of the spring and summer. However, a Wolfpack offer never came and Thompson recently committed to East Carolina when the Pirates came through with a scholarship offer. The two-star defender according to Scout.com said he still maintains interest in a couple of in-state ACC schools despite his pledge to ECU. Thompson spoke with Pack Pride regarding the latest on his recruiting.
"I committed to East Carolina," said Thompson. "They were the first school to offer me. My coach said it would be a good commit in case nobody else offered me because everybody was worried about my grades but I'll be qualified in January. So I think a lot of schools are going to offer me in January once they find out I'm qualified.
"I'm looking at Wake Forest and NC State. Wake Forest and East Carolina want me for safety and that's what I want to do in college and State wants me as an outside linebacker and I played a whole lot of that today and it's not bad. I haven't talked to State since the coaching change but I've been getting letters from them. Coach Cignetti was the coach recruiting me but I haven't talked to him yet."
Thompson had a solid game during the Shrine Bowl and had one impressive, diving pass-breakup. Although he plays more of a last line of defense role for Eastern Alamance, Thompson had a chance to get into coverage against South Carolina and he came away pleased with his effort.
"I think I did pretty good," he said. "Me and John (Stamper) didn't get to play much in the third quarter because they went double tights (tight ends) but when I was in I thought I played pretty good. I thought I did a good job in coverage. They didn't catch any balls on me."
Scouting Report: "Matt Thompson has a great body for a potential weakside linebacker with broad shoulders and powerful steps in the way he moves around the ball. He has long arms and strong hands to go along with a good mind for the game and leadership on the field. His combination of size and sped could be the final nail in his adding size to move up into the box at East Carolina." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance Safety Matt Thompson