Don't tell Tiko Thompson that he can't do something. He'll prove you wrong more than likely. The 5'8 150 pound prospect lines up at cornerback and wide receiver for the J.L. Mann Patriots. Last year as a junior the 2012 prospect had a strong showing at both positions despite not being the "known commodity" at either position. Don't misconstrue the statement but while Calvin Caldwell and Pat Martin garnered most of the attention at defensive back and Samson Baldwin at wide receiver, Thompson made a name for himself. Now he's looking forward to doing it even bigger next season.
College coaches want players who step up and make plays when the bright lights are on and there's added pressure. Thompson says his best game last year came in front of a rather large audience.
"I would say my best game was our first game against Woodmont High. I had 6 catches for a little over 100 yards receiving, 7 tackles and an interception. It was so memorable because we were playing on CSS before a regional television audience."
Thompson talked about what kind of numbers he posted last year for the Patriots as they moved up from AAA to AAAA.
"At corner I had 50 tackles, 4 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. At wide receiver I had 20 catches for 475 yards and 3 touchdowns."
A couple of schools like Clemson, Alabama, and Methodist University have already started sending Thompson mail on a regular basis. Methodist out of North Carolina is recruiting him the hardest as of right now though he says.
Thompson won't sit around idle this off season either. There will be plenty of miles put on the road for the 2012 corner as he talked about what camps and visits he plans on making.
Last year Thompson stepped his game up and he talked about what aspects of his game he feels are his biggest strengths currently at cornerback and what he'll be working on to improve.
"I think what I bring to the game is a good break on the ball, good tackling ability, and my recovery speed. This off season I'll work on just getting stronger and bigger. Also working on my hips, change of speed, and direction."
The switch from AAA to AAAA Thompson said brought on some tough competition and he talked about the team and player that impressed him the most.
"The toughest team I would say was Byrnes, their offense had so many different formations and weapons on offense. You couldn't predict anything they were about to do. The toughest receiver was Charone Peake from Dorman, he ran good routes and he's fast."
Thompson says he knows what he'll be taking a close look at when looking at what colleges have to offer.
"A good academic program, great coaches, how early I'm going to play, great atmosphere, a nice campus, and good football facilities."
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TIKO THOMPSON
Bench press: 205 pounds
Squat: 295 pounds
Power clean: 175 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
Vertical: 32 inches