Down to two for Reedley's Thompson

One of the more physically gifted defensive backs in the JC ranks this year was Reedley CB Antoine Thompson (6-0, 195) and he's getting close to making a commitment to one of his two favorite schools. caught up with Thompson recently and he gave us an update on recruiting and what type of corner it takes to play out on an island.

"You have to be confident and not worry about making mistakes," Thompson said. "You have to know that you are better than the guy lined up across from you and that he isn't going to make a play against you and if he does, you make him pay so he'll know he can't be doing that all day."

Thompson's physicality is what has set him apart from the other corners in the JC ranks this year. He throws his weight around well against the run, totaling 55 tackles this year and he's also a ballhawk, nabbing four interceptions as well.

"I think I'm at my best in coverage," Thompson said. "Every corner likes to come up and play press and see who the better man is, but I can play zone because of my quickness or I can just run with guys."

Thompson sports an impressive 4.36 forty time to go along with a 315 pound bench press and a 37-inch vertical.

HE prepped at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia where he was a big-time recruit, but he was derailed by a low SAT score.

"I had offers from Virginia Tech and Maryland and some others were close to offering," Thompson said. "North Carolina State, Marshall, Akron and Georgia Tech all were close, but I just couldn't get a good score on the SAT, so I decided to go to Hargrave Military Academy.

"When I was getting ready to enroll, some financial stuff fell through and I couldn't afford to go there anymore, so I decided to look at playing JC instead and Reedley was the school I kept hearing about and how good the coaches and the program are. "I couldn't have made a better choice of where to go. They've really prepared me for the next level."

On the recruiting front now, Thompson has two schools that have stepped to the forefront.

"Nevada and Akron are the schools I'll be deciding between," Thompson said. "I was in Reno for my visit to Nevada on January 11th and I was in Akron for my visit the following weekend (Jan. 18th).

"Both of them have good programs and they have some talent coming back so I could come in and help them win and we could go to some bowl games."

Whichever school Thompson chooses, he'll have three years to play two after finishing his two-year degree in May.

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