Sumter Gamecock Waiting Until The Last Minute

Sumter offensive lineman has moved into the top two or three most sought after prospects in the state of South Carolina this season, and with his newfound celebrity comes the prospect that this one will go down to signing day ...

Massive Sumter Gamecock offensive lineman James Thompson seems to be having a hard time deciding. An early favorite for the Gamecocks, Thompson now insists that his are anyone's services to win at the moment.

"I plan on announcing on signing day," is his pat answer when asked. And it appears at the moment to be a two horse race between the two instate schools South Carolina and Clemson.

However, Thompson has given some indication of his preferences when it comes to his college studies and that would lead most to believe there is a third - the University of North Carolina.

"I plan to major in business administration so I want to go to a school that has a good business administration school," Thompson recently told The Insiders. And USC's coaches are obviously well aware of his preferences at the moment.

Thompson met with both Clemson and South Carolina coaches Wednesday and it was clear where the focus has begun.

"They were good meetings. Coach Sweeny, Dabo and West were in for Clemson and we talked about a lot of different things. As far as it went with South Carolina Coach Lounseberry and Roberts were in for USC and we mainly talked about USC's business school and how I have a chance to play early with them."

Coach Roberts has been recruiting Thompson for the Gamecocks since last summer. But Thompson expects a visit from the big man himself soon.

"Coach (Lou) Holtz is coming out to visit me here next week," Thompson said from his home in Sumter. "Coach Bowden has already been here."

North Carolina's John Bunting is after Thompson as well and would seem to be a viable candidate for the 6-5 310 pounder considering that UNC is the only other regional school that can compare against USC's business school, but North Carolina may be out of the race if Thompson does not soon begin mentioning them more without prompting.

In the meantime the Gamecocks would appear to have the ball in their court with most of the advantages at the moment. They offer early playing time, a highly touted business school, close to home and head coach Lou Holtz will be visiting late in the process. Still, this one is likely to go down to the wire.

Note: Thompson's father's input will weight heavily in the final decision and as of right now he appears to be split evenly between the two instate schools.

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