And after making an official visit to Piscataway two weeks ago, his excitement to join the Scarlet Knights increased.
"It went real nice,'' Thompson said. "It's a real good environment. There were a lot of things that I liked about it. The biggest thing is it is a new environment. The people are different from some of the people in Florida. I think it will be good meeting new people.''
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Thompson was on campus for the Dec. 5 game against West Virginia, and was able to meet his future teammates, get a complete tour of the facilities and meet with the coaching staff.
"First, we went to the game, and after that we had dinner,'' Thompson said. "They showed us around the campus the next day, and we met with some of the academic advisors, and they showed us where we would live.
"We went back to our hotel and all the parents (of the recruits) went to coach (Greg) Schiano's house to eat dinner.''
Thompson lives about 240 miles from St. Petersburg, where Rutgers dismantled Central Florida 45-24 in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday.
He watched the game, and envisioned how he would be used as a middle or outside linebacker in the Scarlet Knights' 4-3 alignment.
"I think it's a good opportunity for me,'' Thompson said. "I will not only achieve success as a football player, but in academics I will excel. I want to major in broadcast journalism.''