Thompson spent Monday at the Wildcats' camp, where he participated in drills, skill tests, and 1-on-1's as a linebacker. He told Purple Wildcats later that he was pleased with his performance and had a great experience in Evanston, especially when it came to interacting with Pat Fitzgerald.
"I like Coach Fitz a lot," he said, "and the whole staff. So everything's moving along pretty well. We've been in a pretty great relationship, actually."
Thompson said he appreciated how Fitzgerald, who he calls "a pretty fun guy," both fired his fellow campers up and joked around with them. However, when it comes down to what about Northwestern stands out to him the most, the answer was straightforward.
"The academics, definitely," said Thompson. "Being the number one academic school in the Big Ten – that's a lot."
Thompson, who also visited during Northwestern's spring practice a few months ago, cited the incoming recruiting class as something that raises his interest.
Right now, Thompson's only offer is from Illinois, and he's also receiving interest from Michigan (his father's alma mater), Ohio State, and Michigan State, where he will attend camp June 19th-20th. Many schools are growing interested in Thompson, who Scout.com's Allen Trieu considers one of the top 2015 prospect in the Midwest.
But even though some of the Big Ten's best are recruiting him, too, Thompson said that Northwestern is currently the school that stands out the most.
Thompson doesn't feel entitled to an offer, explaining, "As of right now, they're still in the courting process. They're just trying to get to know me and I'm trying to get to know them, so hopefully. We'll see."
With his ability, though, he's a clear priority for NU as we shift to the 2015 picture.