Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sophomore DT picks up first offer
By Radi Nabulsi
The state of Georgia is known for its defensive linemen. With three of the top defensive prospects in the nation for the class of 2013 and seven more on the ESPN Watch List for 2014, the Peach State is a first stop for coordinators that want to win in the trenches.
Often these top players are identified as freshmen or sophomores, as is the case with defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover) who visited the University of Georgia on Saturday and picked up his first offer.
“I made it to Athens and I met Mark Richt and he gave me an offer,” Thompson said, “I was really happy. I was thinking about all the hard work I put in over the summer and how it paid off.”
The Georgia coaching staff is sometimes accuses of being late to offer, but with Thompson the coaches are ahead of the rush.
“The only school that has really been talking to me is the University of Georgia,” Thompson said, “It is a good school for me to visit and could be a good place for me to start my career as an athlete. I like Georgia’s line and I liked watching Big John [Jenkins].”
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound sophomore said that he has been following Georgia for a while.
“I love Georgia,” Thompson said, “They have been showing me the love. They came last month and shook my hand and watched my highlights with my coach. Coach [Mike] Bobo was there and Coach [Will] Friend.”
Octavia Jones, Thompson’s head coach at Westover, said he expects his young defender’s recruitment to take off now.
“Trenton kind of came out of the blue,” Jones said. “We had a great defensive tackle last year in Chris Green and Trenton was the tackle opposite of him. When Chris graduated, Trenton stepped into his shoes and had a great season. A lot of the coaches in our region have said positive things about him. He has commanded a lot of double teams this year and we are definitely looking forward to him having a great future. Coach Bobo actually came here two weeks ago and saw him work out. We feel that his name is about to get out there and that he will start garnering a lot of attention.”
Thompson is working hard off the field as well.
“It is big that Georgia felt that they should offer Trenton early like that,” Jones said. “He is doing a good job in the classroom. He has a 3.0 GPA and he will take the ACT before the end of this year. We want him to get his feet wet with it. He is only going to get better so we are excited about what the future holds for him.”