Two Positions, One Scholarship?

A classic two-position player liked what he saw on his visit to West Virginia, and "had a lot of fun" on his first trip to a Mountaineer football game.

Justin Thompson, a prospect at both wide receiver and tight end, visited West Virginia on the opening weekend of the season, and had a chance to check out everything in the football complex.

"We went into the stadium, and they showed us a lot of nice facilities. We saw the new academic center where we will be getting help (the new center is under construction now). Everything was really nice, and I was really impressed," Thompson said. "I was just in awe about how well they treat their players and how much they emphasize their education."

On the field, Thompson, whose size and speed present matchup problems for foes, was just as taken with the way the Mountaineer fans supported their team.

"The atmosphere was great, it was really a fun game to watch. It was a packed crowd, even for a game against Western Michigan. I had a lot of fun," he observed.

The visit certainly cemented West Virginia's place among Thompson's top four schools, which also include Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Purdue. Thompson has offers from the first two, and is hoping for an offer from the Boilermakers and Mountaineers. He is also setting up a visit to Air Force and plans to visit Buffalo, but for now the first four are the teams he is concentrating on the most.

"West Virginia wants to look at some tape from my senior year. Coach Bruce Tall is my recruiting coach, and I got to talk to him after the game. I enjoyed being in the locker room," he noted.

At six feet, two inches and 220 pounds, Thompson is a big wide receiver who could grow into a tight end. His final position in college likely depends on how much he grows over the next couple of seasons, but he already has experience at both spots, as his high school team uses him in several different spots in the passing game.

"I will split out at flanker, and sometimes I will play in the slot. I also play tight end on some plays," said Thompson, who is one of the focal points of the St. Francis Desales offense. "I don't have a preference for what position I play. My team tries to get the me the ball."

That they did a year ago, as Thompson caught 21 passes for 521 yards and nine scores. Those numbers were good enough for spots on the all-league and all-district teams, as well as an honorable mention all-state nod.

Since Thompson is still working to attract more offers, he does not plan to commit early. He will likely take more visits and wait until at least the end of his senior season before making his choice.

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