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Pac-12 school and others offer, courting Cougar RUSH commit B.J. Thompson; Coug verbal says WSU visit was "time of my life"

RUSH/DEFENSIVE END verbal commit B.J. Thompson tells CF.C he had “the time of my life” during his official visit to Washington State this past weekend. But a trio of other schools are charging hard after the 6-6, 210-pounder out of England, Ark., and Thompson has official visits planned between now and Signing Day.

Utah, Baylor and Florida State are all in the mix for B.J. Thompson.  He told CF.C he plans to take official trips to all three with Utah next on Jan. 20,  FSU sometime next week followed by Baylor on Jan. 27. Signing Day is Feb. 1.

Both Utah and Baylor have offered while FSU could be close, said Thompson.

“I have my official visit scheduled to Baylor next weekend, and then Florida (State) just came into the picture not too long ago – they haven’t extended an offer yet, they should be down this week to talk to me. I think I’ll be going on an official visit with them next week, sometime during the week,” said Thompson.

Thompson said he also has an in-home visit with Washington State this week. WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning is running the recruiting point on the England High product for the Cougars. Thompson didn’t know if Manning would be coming alone or bringing other WSU coaches with him but did say Mike Leach hasn’t seen him on an in-home yet. Head coaches only get one in-home visit in Dec-Jan so it’s possible WSU’s head man could be coming along this week with Manning to Arkansas.

IT DIDN'T SOUND like the official trip up to Washington State this past weekend could have gone much better for Thompson.

“I had the time of my life up there at Wazzu. It was an incredible experience,” he said.  “…Everybody was really excited to see me. I just had a great time, the time of my life.”

Washington State likes Thompson at RUSH and he said he spent quality time with Manning and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch while in Pullman.

“Their outside linebacker, they call it a rush end, Coach Manning would be my coach … I’d be honored to play for a guy like him, he’s an amazing guy. And Coach Grinch, the defensive coordinator, me and him have a pretty good relationship too … getting to spend a weekend with those two guys was amazing,” said Thompson.

Nnamdi Oguayo was Thompson’s player host.

“Nnamdi is kind of like me, he’s kind of like me from a long (way) he’s from Maryland. He came in playing the same position and we had a lot in common … We had a lot of fun both Friday and Saturday night and we made that connection, we had a bond,” said Thompson.

Thompson said he and Leach had a good one-on-one conversation about WSU, football and his recruitment, along with talking about “Indians and pirates” said Thompson.

“It was very interesting, he’s a very interesting guy. He’s not like a typical coach and I like that ... I would be honored, I would love to play for him,” said Thompson.

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