Thompson shows patience with recruiting

He plays one of the most vital positions for one of the best JUCO programs in the country, but Butler DT Jeffrey Thompson (6-3, 290) is still waiting for that ever-elusive first offer. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented interior defensive lineman and he updated us on things including what he's looking for in the D-1 program he eventually ends up at...

"I went to Muskogee High School in Oklahoma and I didn't qualify with the (NCAA) Clearinghouse," Thompson told JCFootball.com. "Butler is just the best school and football program in the country, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here."

Last year, Thompson had a solid freshman season for the Grizzlies, helping them to the NJCAA National Championship by posting 77 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks from his interior defensive line position.

"I usually played the three-tech position, but I can play nose tackle or rush tackle," Thompson said. "I feel comfortable inside. I can hold the point and take up blockers so our linebackers can run and pursue, but I can also penetrate and get pressure on the QB if I need to. It really doesn't matter to me, I just want to help the team anyway that I can."

Recruiting has yet to hit a fever-pitch for Thompson, but he knows what he's looking for in his eventual school of choice.

"I definitely want to be closer to home than some other schools are," Thompson said. "Schools like Oklahoma State or Oklahoma would be ideal and I think they are interested, but I'm not sure right now because it really hasn't picked up much for me yet.

"Our coaches like to run recruiting through them, so I will probably find out more during the season how things are going on that front. I'll take some visits during the season and then I can make a decision."

Thompson is on pace to graduate this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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