The 2010 class has a number of stars already from the Palmetto State. One of the fastest rising prospects is Boiling Springs High QB Dylan Thompson. Blessed with a college ready frame, tremendous leadership skills, and solid athleticism Thompson has become a player that all of the major college programs in the southeast have started to contact on a regular basis. This fast emerging prospect sat down with us to discuss it all.
"Recruiting has picked up a lot lately. The schools recruiting me the heaviest now are Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Duke, Kansas State, and Virginia." Thompson in fact just returned from one of those programs last week he says.
"I visited Duke on November 8th and enjoyed it. My parents and I got in to Durham about 1 and we met with Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Roper about how the program is at Duke and how they like my size at the quarterback position. Also, Coach Cutcliffe is a great man and I really would like to play for a man like that."
That visit is the first of an extremely hectic schedule of visits lined up this month for Thompson at the moment. "I have three visits coming up. I'm planning on going to North Carolina State on November 15th, Virginia on November 22nd, and Clemson on November 29th."
Last week was a tough one for Thompson as his team suffered a tough 42-6 at the hands of Byrnes. The game also saw Dylan suffer a separated shoulder. He says however that he should be good to go this week to start the AAAA playoffs.
"I have missed a few games this season due to a shoulder injury but I realize God has a plan that is bigger than any I have and that everything will work out. In 7 games that I have played in I'm 67-101 for 1,101 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. I have also rushed for 376 rush yards and 4 touchdowns."
With so many different schools currently heavily involved in his recruitment we asked Thompson to shed some light on some of the schools he's taking a close look at.
- Clemson: Even though Coach Bowden is gone, I still love Clemson University and have a lot of friends that go there. I love the staff and the atmosphere at the games.
- Georgia: Georgia is a great program with a great Christian leader in Coach Richt. I really like how he has that program going and the offense that they run.
- Tennessee: Coach Fulmer is gone so I think that is a shock to everyone. I don't know how everyone will respond to that but I do love the tradition at Tennesssee.
- Alabama: Coach Saban is arguably the best coach in college football. They have an amazing program and they are #1 in the country. What more can you say?
- Auburn: They are struggling right now with wins and losses but I love the Christian atmosphere at Auburn. I recently heard their team chaplain speak and I know that Coach Tuberville is a great Christian.
- Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a great school and I have a friend that plays there(CB D.J. Moore). He loves it there and they are turning things around.
- NC State: North Carolina State has moved up in my mind. I have talked a good bit with their coaches recently and really like them. I am visiting them this weekend and they say that I will love it. Coach McCollum is an awesome coach. He coaches linebackers there.
- South Carolina: Carolina has came on strong as of late as far as recruiting goes. A lot of my friends like it there and I will probably be down there soon to check it out.
- Duke: I visited there this past weekend and enjoyed it. Its a great academic school. I also got to see Cameron Indoor which was great. (Dylan is a solid basketball player as well holding a scholarship offer from Louisiana Tech already)
- Kansas State: They recently came by and are calling coach Clark about me. They are getting film on me now. I don't know much about the program but I do know they have a good program.
- Virginia: I'll be visiting them on the 22nd of November when they play Clemson. They have a great coach with some good skill players.
For the very latest on Dylan Thompson keep it locked in right here with SCPrepNation.com. We'll have updates with Thompson following each visit to see how he enjoyed each school as he continues to rise in the 2010 player rankings. The early SCPrepNation.com 2010 Top 25 players rankings will be released soon so stay tuned to see where Thompson lands.