Thompkins adds Irish

Talented athlete DeAndre Thompkins of Swansboro (N.C.) High just added his 12th offer from Notre Dame. Thompkins explains what he likes about the Irish, if he plans to take a visit to Notre Dame, and when he expects to make a final decision.

One of the fastest wide receivers in North Carolina, DeAndre Thompkins of Swansboro (N.C.) High, was offered by Notre Dame on Monday.

"It is a great offer," Thompkins said. "I was just happy. Anytime you get an offer, you feel like your hard work paid off. Notre Dame is a school that is hard to get interest from, so it is an honor that they want me to come play for them. They have a great football program as well as some of the best academics."

"You hear about the tradition, the legacy and the talent – just everything – it's all good," he said. "Being able to possibly be a part of that is different. Notre Dame has so much history and has had such an effect on the game of football."

Thompkins has also taken notice of what head coach Brian Kelly has recently done for the football program.

"He's put the hope back into the program and made the players believe that they can compete with anybody," Thompkins said.

The talented athlete has been on Notre Dame's radar for a while.

"I had been talking some with the coaches in January and February, and then my recruiting coordinator [Mike Elston] came to my high school in early February, and he was really cool," Thompkins said. "But since then, I hadn't been in too much contact. My head coach was doing most of the talking with them."

Thompkins said the good news was delivered by his head coach.

"Today, Notre Dame asked if I was still interested, and my head coach told them that I was," Thompkins said. "Then he got on the phone with the head coach (Brian Kelly), who said they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

Thompkins said a visit to Notre Dame at this point is likely, though he's not sure when that will happen.

"I will talk with my dad and see if we can get a plan to see Notre Dame," Thompkins said. "I want to clear some space in my schedule for a visit there. If I don't make it there in the spring or summer or for a game, they will be in the running for an official visit."

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver isn't ready to name a lead group of schools quite yet, and he plans on taking all or most of his official visits before making a decision.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me right now," Thompkins said. "I'm hearing a lot from N.C. State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Penn State, Tennessee, and some from Clemson and Florida. All schools are equal with me right now. I'm open to everyone. I'm not going to limit myself this early."

Thompkins says his versatility and speed are what catch the eyes of coaches.

"I do a good job of reading defenses and getting to spaces with my speed and vision," Thompkins said. "I also can play under center at quarterback and little bit of running back, just wherever my team needs me. In college, I see myself playing more slot wide receiver."

Thompkins is a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 56 wide receiver in 2014.

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