Thompson, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, dominated defensively with an interception for a touchdown, a key sack, and strong tackling overall. The Ohio State commit is having a great run in the playoffs.
"It's extremely exciting to get this win, and I'm so happy for my teammates because this is the hardest working team I've ever been around," Thompson said after the win. "I just played as hard as I could, and ran the defense that was called. I was lucky enough to be involved in a few big plays, and I made them count."
"We were very hyped for this game, and we wanted to get them back for knocking us out of the playoffs last year," he added. "We are a lot better team this year, and we are a more mature team this year. That's why we are two wins from the state championship."
For his individual play, Thompson feels he is much improved over last year, and he discussed that improvement.
"Yes, I'm definitely a better player this year, and I credit the improvement to all the hard work I've put in," he explained. "I'm a better listener this year, so I'm able to understand my coaches better and what they want from me. I can execute what I'm asked to do this year, and that comes from being a year older."
Thompson switched his commitment to Ohio State last spring, after pledging to West Virginia shortly after National Signing Day. He has never looked back on that move.
"I will not be graduating early, so I won't be enrolling in January," Thompson admitted. "I will be taking my official visit on December 7th, and we are supposed to be having some big-time recruits in that weekend. We are going to try to get all those guys to commit, and there will be a lot of other commits taking their officials that weekend too."
"I love trying to help recruit other players to Ohio State," he continued. "One of my main targets is James Quick, and he's a really cool guy. I'm also talking a lot to (2014 recruit) Thaddeus Snodgrass, out of Springfield. All of the commits take the recruiting part very seriously, and we want to have a great class."