The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Thompson, a class of 2012 tight end from Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.), was at Rutgers when the Scarlet Knights opened training camp Friday. He watched practice, talked to the coaching staff, got a look at the facilities and left with a verbal offer.
"The practice was great. It was so upbeat, the tempo was great," he said. "I wasn't fortunate enough to see any other practice, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was something that I enjoyed. It was pretty neat to see. It was something I'd never seen before."
"Comparing it to Boston College, where I got my other offer, Rutgers is obviously a state school, so they have more opportunities with the stadium and things like that," Thompson said. "I knew their football program but I didn't know much about the school, in general. I knew they had a spread out campus and things like that, just from people talking."
One of those players is class of 2012 running back Desmon Peoples, who recently transferred to Archbishop Wood.
The unofficial visit likely will be Thompson's lone trip to a school this month because he is getting ready to begin training camp.
"I'm trying to balance on our season and football, and a little bit of college on the side," Thompson said. "That means the most to me. I talked to (Rutgers assistant) coach (Kirk) Ciarrocca and we kept in touch with some phone calls, and they wanted me to come up. I was drawn to it because it's close to me. It's easy access, an hour drive, so it's nice."
Thompson plays tight end, and most of the schools are looking at him there. But he has a size 17 shoe and is 15-years-old, so he could grow out of the position.
"I'll probably grow into that and be about 6-7, or something like that," he said. "I think some people will try me as tight end or tackle."
During Friday's practice, Thompson spent his time watching the tight ends work.
"Rutgers really had me focused on tight end," Thompson said. "Coach Ciarrocca mentioned tackle a little bit, and I said I would play anywhere. I don't really care. I just want to be on the field. I'm driven to play tight end in college, and that's going to make me faster. If I slow up, then I'm going to be a tackle."