"I was really hoping for the offer," he said. "Coach ward had been in a lot the past 2 weeks."
Thompson found a lot to like about Illinois on his Saturday Visit to Champaign.
"It was a great family environment with the coaching staff," he said. They have first class facilities all the way and an amazing weight room, strength trainers, and nutritionists."
Thompson is not the first defender from Montini to receive an offer from the in-state program. Teammate Nile Sykes also holds an offer from Illinois.
Thompson sees that as a statement to the talent that is at Montini, which is a big reason they are the four-time defending 5A state champions.
"It really shows that there is a lot of talent at our school for us to both have that offer," he said.
As for other visits he has coming up, Thompson has a few in mind.
"I'm trying to schedule Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan in the next month or so," Thompson said.