That came around 10 a.m. By Saturday afternoon, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Ill., was the fifth commitment to Ohio State's Class of 2014.
The commitment was confirmed by Paul Szczesny, who is the president and CEO of Core6Athletes and travels with Thompson across the country to various camps and combines.
In committing to the Buckeyes, Thompson joined offensive tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) and running back Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) as junior commitments.
Thompson was originally offered by the Buckeyes on Feb. 7 and was blown away by the fact Urban Meyer and the school was looking his way.
“It’s a huge deal to me,” Thompson said at the time. “Coach Meyer is a great coach. He put Florida on the map. He put Ohio State on the map. He knows what he’s doing. I feel like it’s a great program.
“I want to see all their academics and what they’re good in as far as majors. I want to see the weight room, the locker room. I’m hoping to put on a jersey. I love the Ohio State colors. It’s the only way to go. They have really cool uniforms.”
The Buckeyes also have ties to Montini Catholic in former OSU nose tackle Garrett Goebel, who graduated in 2012.
Thompson becomes the first defensive lineman in Ohio State's Class of 2014 -- defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) gave his pledge on Feb. 10, but later rescinded the commitment.
Thompson chose Ohio State over offers from more than 10 other schools, including Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.