Heading into this past weekend, Patrick Thompson had an offer from one school – William & Mary. "Basically, [recruiting] started after my sophomore year. Before my junior year, I moved to quarterback and went to camps. I went to a couple one day camps to get ready for the year and after my junior year I went to Wake Forest's camp, William & Mary's camp, and some other places. William & Mary offered."
Although he held an offer from a top notch academic school in William & Mary, it was Wake Forest that caught Thompson's eye. "I went and visited and fell in love with the campuses, coaches, and atmosphere," he said. "That's where I wanted to go. Then they offered [a gray shirt opportunity] on Sunday and that was that."
"This is how it happened," Thompson said. "They said they weren't going to offer a while ago but later called my dad and said it was 50/50 on a gray shirt offer. That was about a month ago. I kept practicing and Coach Billings came and watched me three weeks ago or so. He said he would get back to me."
The Demon Deacon staff did just that on Sunday. "[Coach Lambert] called my dad first on Sunday afternoon. My dad called me and he said I had a couple of hours to think about it and Coach Lambert would talk to me later. Then I talked to Coach Lambert Sunday night and committed on the spot to him."
Thompson will enroll at Wake Forest January of 2010 and is expected to play linebacker at WFU. "Basically I'm going as an athlete," he said. "I'll start off at linebacker primarily but you never know, it might be another position. Who knows, it could be quarterback. It's just whatever they need...I'm just excited to play football at Wake Forest."
Thompson spoke on his affinity for Wake Forest. "When I went down there, I saw it was not a huge school," he said. "I don't like a lot of stuff and a big campus. I'm used to small surroundings. People know people and I also met the players and coaches. They seem like good guys. I talked to Coach Grobe and he said he recruits good players but also good people."
According to Thompson, he plans to make his official visit in the coming months, attending one of the Demon Deacons' home games. He expects to make those visits along with teammates Zach Thompson (brother) and Mike Olson, both fellow Wake Forest commitments.
This season, Thompson has compiled 1,100 passing yards and 15 touchdowns against just four interceptions in leading Stone Bridge to a 5-0 record.