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Sunday, April 7, 2013
OSU's approach goes far with Thompson

By Brad Bournival

Could there be another Durham (N.C.) Hillside star headed Ohio State’s way?

The Buckeyes did nothing wrong in the recruitment of ESPN Watch List wide receiver Trevion Thompson during his weekend visit to Columbus, Ohio.

On hand along with another Watch List running back Donte Thomas-Williams and 2015 slot receiver Miles Kelly, Thompson gave the Buckeyes the words everyone wanted to hear following his visit after rubbing elbows with Hillside graduate and current Ohio State linebacker Jamal Marcus.

“They’re high on my list,” Thompson said.

While Thomas-Williams, whom Ohio State has offered, is very much on the radar, Thompson is even more so after a junior season in which he registered 40 catches for more than 700 yards and seven touchdowns.

The visit was deemed nothing short of a success as the 6-foot-2, 181-pound Thompson was a part of a jam-packed student appreciation day where he got to see the team scrimmage in front of an estimated 2,500 fans.

“The hospitality the coaches showed was great,” Thompson said. “They were very intrigued by me.

“I liked the football facility and how they explained how they want things done. The way the practice went was enjoyable to watch. There was a lot of teaching going on. It was a very calm environment. The coaches were very friendly.”

That should be fantastic news for Ohio State as Thompson has no more visits planned as of right now. While he’s still narrowing down his choices, the junior standout left the Buckeyes with a very high opinion of the only undefeated Division-I college football team from 2012.

He currently has offers from Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.