Deacons Offer MO Linebacker

Will Compton is a linebacker prospect, from Bonne Terre-North County, (Mo.), who has seen his stock skyrocket in the past two days. The last time Scout.com talked with Compton he had just received his first scholarship offer from Illinois. He has been offered four additional scholarships in the last two days.

Will Compton tells us about his new offers, including the one he received just minutes before our conversation.

"I was going on a field trip Tuesday morning when coach Randy Bates from Northwestern called me and offered me a scholarship out of nowhere. I had never even received a letter from them. I guess they had heard about me somewhere. I don't really know. It was great," Compton said of the offer.

"That afternoon, when I got home from school Kansas called and extended me an offer to become a Jayhawk. Coach Mangino is coming by my school tomorrow to visit with me."

"Missouri offered me Wednesday. I was excited over that one. They told me I was at the top of their board, and how they believed I could play for them. I was ecstatic over that one. It was awesome."

"This evening Wake Forest called and offered me. I was going to contact you and discuss my other offers when I got the call from Wake Forest. I had been talking to coach Tim Billings, but coach Lambert, the linebacker coach texted me, then we spoke on the phone."

"The position coaches at Wake make the offers for their positions. No one else can do it. He told me he wanted me to be a Deacon. Wake Forest visits me Monday."

"I think Kansas State and Iowa are close to offering me, and I hope Notre Dame jumps in the mix at some point. I grew up in a Catholic school, and my teacher went to two games each year. I have been talking to Notre Dame, but they haven't offered me. I have also been hearing from Ohio State and Michigan."

Compton attended the Scout.com Combine in Kansas City Monday, and he has been very busy since. Compton made some new friends while in Kansas City including tight end Missouri commitment Andrew Jones.

"The Scout.com Combine went tremendous," Compton stated. "I went there to get some official times so no one could doubt me when I told them what my 40-time is."

"I ran a 4.50 40-yard-dash, a 4.20 shuttle--I wasn't happy with that. I have run the shuttle in the 4.06-4.10 consistently, but everyone there said it was a good time. I had a 7.06 in the L-drill."

"Everyone liked my ability to move laterally. I believe my speed and lateral movement are what really stands out for my size (6-1 ¾--217 officially)."

When asked if he has remained in contact with Andrew Jones, "Oh yeah," Compton chuckled. "I have talked to Andrew quite a bit since the combine. We text each other pretty often too. We've been getting close. He's cool."

"He (Jones) was trying to get me to commit to Missouri on the spot, when they offered me. I told him I couldn't do that."

In the whirlwind of his recruitment Compton says he has no favorites, but, if he had to choose schools at the top of his list, "I would say Illinois, Missouri and Wake Forest are the schools that stand out to me right now," he said.

"But, I haven't had time to even think about all of them yet. I'm going to take my time making a decision. It is all exciting, and I'm just getting started in the process."

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