Carlos Thompson's junior season saw him collect 117 tackles, 13 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 recovered fumbles. He was named 1st Team All-District on both Offense and Defense, as he played some tight end too.
"My father is the head coach, and my (God) brother is Quinton Groves (who now plays for the Jacksonville Jags)," added Carlos Thompson. "I guess you can say I have been around football all of my life."
You add that to his God given ability and skills and it spells"blue chip".
"I think my biggest strength is rushing the passer. I love to rush the QB. You can key on the outside, and I use my hands to get off of the blocks. I am a good pass rusher."
Thompson has a few things he wants to work on before entering the collegiate level.
"I am running and lifting and trying to get in better shape. I am trying to get ready for the camps this summer. I am trying to get stronger. I am not worried about my weight. The college coaches are telling me that they will put good weight on me, so I do not worry about that. I am just trying to get stronger and stay in shape."
The Hollandale Simmons product attended his first Jr Day the Saturday before last.
"My Uncle took me over to Ole Miss. I started talking to them around a week before Jr Day. I have been up there a couple of times before for (football) camps, but this was my first recruiting trip to go on up there."
This was also his first time to meet Coach Nutt.
"I always heard he was a player's coach, but he is even more of one than I was told. He is a nice guy to be around. Coach Nutt makes you want to play for him because of his personality and just the way he talked to me. And the staff, they are great. I got to see Coach Price again. We go way back, like since I was 10 years old. Coach Price is one of the best DL coaches in the country. He recruited my brother (Quinton Groves). I am very familiar with Coach Price. I have known him since like 6th grade. He use to come sit in our living room all of the time when he was recruiting Quinton. He asked me then if I was going to come play for him one day. I was like 10 years old, and I said yes sir. Coach Price then asked me if I was going to be better than Quinton. I told him you bet I was. Now here we are. He reminded me of that when he first saw me at their Jr Day. It is almost surreal how this has come full circle."
More good news came Thompson's way during his trip to Ole Miss.
"We talked about how much they wanted me, and they told me they are going to recruit me harder than any other school. Coach Nutt walked over to me and offered me a scholarship. He told me to not get the big head or anything. He said stay in shape, keep hitting my books hard, and continue to be a leader on my team. Coach (Nutt) told me to not even worry about making a decision or anything like that. He just wants me to focus on school, my senior season, and staying in shape."
Carlos learned a few new things about Ole Miss outside of football during his trip.
"I did not know the campus was that big. I knew they had a real good sports facility, but that was my first time to see the whole campus. It really surprised me too. I have never seen a campus that nice."
What stood out the most?
"It's their coaches. They are real powerful. They have a strong staff, just look what they have done there in one year. They have a chance to win the National Championship next year. I also have that comfort level with them too because of Coach Price. It just seems like a real good situation for me to be in."
The other two instate programs in Mississippi have offered as well.
"MSU and USM have offered me."
Has Thompson ever visited the MSU campus?
"Not really. I have never visited their campus, but I went to their camp and went to their IPF."
What are Carlos' thoughts on the Dogs?
"I think they are going to be very competitive now that Coach Mullen is there. To me he is an outstanding coach."
What does he like about MSU the most?
"Probably their coaches. I know Coach Melvin Smith because that is the coach who is recruiting me for MSU. I think Coach Mullen has a chance to turn that program around."
What about the Eagles?
"I have never been down there before so I really do not know much about them. I did go to their satellite camp last summer at Coahoma CC, and I got to talk to their head coach. He told me that I seem like a hard worker and said he would like to have me on their team. That is when they offered me a scholarship, my first scholarship. He told me that he really likes the way I come off of the ball."
Any future visits planned to either USM or MSU?
"USM said they are going to call me to let me know about the date for their Jr Day. Coach Smith (at MSU) told me they have been real busy with the new staff just getting there, and he is going to call me soon to let me know about the date for their Jr Day. I hope to be able to attend both of them."
Quinton Groves was an All-SEC OLB at Auburn. Where do the Tigers fit in the picture?
"To be honest, I always had a lot of interest in Auburn. They have always been my school, but now that Coach Tub is gone, I do not know now. I do not even know."
Big brother has given little brother a lot of advise.
"He tells me to take my time and to go with my heart, but we mostly talk about football. He is constantly giving me new techniques to get off of the ball quicker. I do 20 get offs every day after school. We just work on a lot of techniques."
When it does come decision time; the depth chart will be a major issue.
"I know there is competition at every school, but I do not want to go somewhere where there are a lot of athletes at my position. I want to get some early playing time. I do not want to sit around until my senior year to play. I know I am going to have to compete for my spot at any school, but I am going to look at their depth chart pretty hard. The coaches are also real important to me. I have to be around a staff that I feel real comfortable around."
Thompson reports a 2.8 GPA and retook the ACT test last Saturday.