Name: Zach Thompson
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
High School: Stone Bridge High School
Position: Defensive Lineman
Notes: Fresh off the Virginia Group AAA Division 5 state title, Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge has to be considered a favorite to repeat in 2008, as head coach Mickey Thompson brings back a wealth of talent.
Leading the way is what has to be one of the best defensive lines in high school football. The Bulldogs, who utilize a 3-5 front, return Brian Slay, who committed to NC State this week, and Zach Thompson, the coach's son and a talented prospect who owns offers from NC State, Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse, and West Virginia.
On the inside, coach Thompson can mix in 6-foot-1, 300-pounder David Wang, a Virginia Tech verbal. All three players have the versatility and ability to make plays for the Bulldogs... but not just defensively.
"We start Brian and Zach in our 3-5 scheme and we play David over there as well," said coach Thompson. "He alternates over from offense, and Brian and Zach played some offense too. They played tight end and tackle, but this year they will both play some tight end for us."
Now Willis and NC State will be looking to get Thompson to join Slay in Raleigh. Coach Thompson stated that his son has yet to really start his recruiting process but with offers already on the table he will began to visit schools in the near future. The plan is to have a decision before the season starts.
"We've never really had a kid take their recruitment into our season," said coach Thompson. "I know I prefer to have the recruitments completed before our season starts and that is the plan for Zach.
"He's not really interested in all these star ratings and combines... he doesn't care about that stuff. He will be looking for the best school for him so we're going to get out and visit colleges and that will allow him to find where he feels he fits the best.
"I know we're heading down to NC State on [March] 20th to watch one of their spring practices."
Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Thompson projects as a defensive tackle on the next level. An all-area and first-team all-state selection, Thompson totaled 57 tackles, six pass breakups, three sacks, three forced fumbles, a blocked punt, and a fumble recovery.
Scouting Report: "Zach Thompson is a player that really impresses on film. Lining up at defensive end, he is a tall player with long arms that gets tremendous initial penetration because of his ability to shed the first blocker.
"Thompson has a very nice combination of size and strength and displays the ability to consistently make plays in the backfield but has the speed to track plays down from behind. Just as impressive is the hard-nosed mentality that Thompson shows on every play.
"Depending on the system, he could stay at defensive end in college but because of his frame and potential for growth, may be a better fit at defensive tackle down the road." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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