In The Film Room: Kendall Thompson

Carthage is home to one of the top 2011 defenders in the state of Texas. At 6-2, and 235 pounds with 4.65 speed, the hard hitting outside linebacker is already attracting attention from the top programs in the region. Burnt Orange Beat brings you these impressive sophomore clips and scouting report.

Carthage had the dream season in 2008 winning their first state title on the football field, beating power Celina in the 3A state title game and all of the East Texas regional powers along the way. Running back Dwight Smith got the majority of the headlines and deservedly so, but he had plenty of help including a standout sophomore defender.

Outside linebacker Kendall Thompson enjoyed a sophomore season many can only dream about. He began the season as a linebacker and tight end prospect, but quickly became a force on the defensive side of the ball. Thompson totaled over 100 tackles, more than 15 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions earning 18-3A second team all-district honors. In the playoffs, he took his game to another level ending with a team defensive MVP award in the state title game against Celina.

Kendall Thompson Scouting Report

Blessed with athleticism and strength on a 6-2, 235-pound frame as well as 4.65 speed, Thompson is a recruiter's dream. Thompson uses his power and speed to pack a punch with powerful strikes. His ability to move laterally combined with his physicality and ability to stay on his feet make him a tough linebacker to block. On video, he is very rarely knocked off his feet. He does a terrific job of getting off blocks for a sophomore and follows with a quick close on the football.

As impressive as his run stopping ability is his ability to diagnose plays and react as well as his ability to drop in coverage and make big time plays in the passing game.

Thompson is one of those players that is always seemingly in the right place. In coverage, Thompson does a good job of playing with active feet and has the ability to turn and run. Throw in a pair of terrific hands and impressive anticipation and Thompson has a knack for hauling in the highlight reel interception.

Thompson played his sophomore season at 215 pounds, but has really hit the weight room hard and filled out in recent months. With a family tree that includes many men at 6-4 or taller, Thompson's body is very early in its development.

Thompson lists LSU as a childhood and current favorite. He will attend camps at TCU (Kilgore) and Oklahoma State (Athens) and maybe LSU and/or Texas.

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