'09 Premier Prospect: DL Zach Thompson

Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va) standout Zach Thompson is a major target for NC State and we outline the Pack's chances in our continuing series of the top prospects for the class of 2009.

DL Zach Thompson

6-5, 255

Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, Va

Junior Stats: As a junior, Thompson had roughly 50 tackles and four sacks en route to all-region and all-state honors.

The early word: Like Richmond and Scotland County High Schools in North Carolina, Stone Bridge seems to be one of Virginia’s top programs for producing division one talent. The Pack has already landed a commitment from DL Brian Slay and would love nothing more than to add Thompson. At this point, most consider Virginia to be the team to beat. Thompson’s father played for Virginia but graduated a year before NC State head coach Tom O’Brien arrived as a position coach. Thompson has a nice blend of size, speed and football ability and would likely project at defensive tackle.

Scholarship offers: NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland, West Virginia and Syracuse

Top Schools: Virginia is the quiet leader but NC State appears to be right there for the No. 2 spot.

Timeline for a decision: It would appear likely that Thompson will make a decision prior to the start of the 2008 football season.

Interesting side-note: NC State is also recruiting Thompson’s brother, Patrick (6-2, 205 pounds). He is Stone Bridge’s QB and led them to a state championship in 2007.

NC State recruiting coach: Wolfpack defensive line coach Keith Willis

NC State connections: 2008 signee Mike Glennon and teammate Brian Slay have been pushing the Pack and that has probably helped State’s cause to some degree. Coach Willis has done a very good job of making the Wolfpack a factor and it helps that he would be Thompson’s position coach.

Behind the scenes: This is a case where time is on the side of NC State. There’s little doubt that Virginia holds the upper hand because of the family connections to the Cavs, location and that they were the first school to offer. However, the longer his recruiting draws out, it is paramount that State find a way to get him on campus. The Pack will have two major opportunities to get him back with the Spring game in April and football camp over the summer.

Wolfpack Visits: Thompson visited State for junior day and he indicated that the trip went very well. No future visits have been set in stone but teammate Brian Slay will be returning and it would be ideal for NC State if Thompson accompanied him.

Other class of ‘09 Premier Prospect Profiles

- OL Xavier Nixon, Jack Britt High School

- DE Sam Montgomery, Greenwood (SC) High School

- ATH Zach Greene, Leesville Road High School

- WR Jay Boyd, Ashbrook High School

- DE DeOnte Arnett, Forestville (MD) High School

- WR Justin Brown, Concord (Del) High School

- S DeVonte Holloman, Independence High School

- TE Arthur Fontaine, Dartmouth (Mass) High School

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