In-state quarterback pledges to USC
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The 6-2, 206 pound Thompson completed 68% of his passes as a junior last season, totaling 1,400 yards with 13 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions despite missing four games due to injury.
GamecockAnthem.com spoke with the Palmetto State quarterback shortly following his commitment to South Carolina, and he discussed the series of events that led up to the Gamecocks offering and him subsequently committing.
"Back probably a month ago, Coach Brad Lawing wrote me a letter and invited me to come to South Carolina's camp. He said he liked my film and stuff like that. I came to camp last night, and I took a tour of the campus. Then I worked out last night and this morning, and while I was throwing, Coach Spurrier said, 'He can really play.' That meant a lot to me coming from him. As the night went on, he asked me questions about how I liked South Carolina and stuff like that. Then today he started talking more seriously about offering me," said Thompson. "About 1:30 he told me he had some good news for me, but he wanted to wait until my parents got into town. They got in town around 4:00, and we went straight into his office. My parents, my brother, and (my teammate) Logan Stewart went into his office, and Coach Spurrier said, 'I'm making it official. I'm offering you a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina.' I committed right then because I knew South Carolina's the place for me."
After evaluating him on film and in multiple camp sessions, Thompson said Spurrier pointed out the aspects of his game that he likes at the quarterback position.
"He said he liked my athleticism. He told me on their recruiting board I would be a quarterback/athlete as far as numbers are concerned, but he wants me to play quarterback. He said he really likes me at quarterback," he said. "I've only played quarterback three years, but I learn more stuff about it each and every day. He helped me with so much stuff, and I think I got better just over the past two days with Coach Spurrier. I feel like I'm an athlete playing under center, and I'm a smart player."
The Gamecocks' newest pledge discussed what he likes about USC, and he left little doubt that he is firm in his commitment to play for South Carolina.
"I love it at South Carolina. The coaches are so energetic, and there is so much new stuff there. I just love the University of South Carolina and I can't wait to be there," Thompson said emphatically. "I'm definitely firm. I'm done taking visits (to other schools) as far as my recruiting. I'm a Gamecock."
Thompson becomes USC's second quarterback commitment in the 2010 class, joining heralded Peach State prospect Connor Shaw. However, there's no worries, according to Thompson. He is excited about joining Shaw at Carolina, as the two became friends when meeting at a recent passing camp.
"Me and Connor actually played together at the Elite 11 camp in Athens. He's a great player. I'm looking forward to playing with him. Not only will we compete against each other, we'll be great friends on and off the field. We'll have fun with it," he said. "Connor is a real good guy and a great player. He's real athletic. We play somewhat similar. I'm a little bigger, and he's a little faster. But we're pretty similar."
According to Thompson, next on the agenda will be convincing his good friend and teammate Logan Stewart to join him at South Carolina.
"I'm definitely going to try to get him to join me at South Carolina," Thompson laughed. "He's riding home with me right now."
In addition to Stewart, Thompson also said he plans to talk with Byrnes wide receiver Nick Jones about visiting USC with him in the next couple of weeks.
The talented dual-threat quarterback closed by requesting we pass on a heartfelt message for Gamecock Nation to read as word spreads about his commitment.
"Just let them know that they're getting a great kid, a hard worker, and somebody that's going to be a great player for the Gamecocks. Today is a great day for me, and I can't wait to be a Gamecock."
Thompson becomes USC's sixth commitment in the 2010 class. In addition to South Carolina, he was also receiving strong interest from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Kentucky. NC State, and East Carolina.
He had a strong showing at the Charlotte Scout.com combine earlier this year, posting an impressive 4.53 second short shuttle time, a respectable 4.78 forty yard dash time on a slow surface, and a 8-10 standing broad jump.
Thompson is also a standout on the basketball court, where he averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists last season. He had a scholarship offer from Louisiana Tech on the table for his play on the hardwood.
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