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Sunday, January 13, 2013
2014 WR Thompkins still interested in PSU

By Josh Moyer

Class of 2014 WR DeAndre Thompkins was a little disappointed to see his recruiting coach, Ted Roof, leave for Georgia Tech -- but Thompkins said Penn State has really shown it cares about him since then.

According to he and his high school coach, PSU assistant Stan Hixon is scheduled to stop by Swansboro (N.C.) on Monday. And Thompkins remains very interested in Penn State.

"That shows me they're really interested in me that I'm just not one of those recruiting guys that they leave on the backburner," he said. "It showed they're really interested in me and I'm one of their top guys."

The 6-foot, 170-pound athlete said he plans to continue staying in touch with Roof. The defensive coordinator answered all of his recruiting questions and often spoke with him, "but I'm sure Mr. Hixon and I can building a good relationship."

Thompkins visited Happy Valley on the weekend of Nov. 23, where he was able to sit down with Bill O'Brien for about 30 minutes just to chat. He said the PSU-Wisconsin game exceeded his expectations, and he hoped to visit again.

He has no immediate plans to again drive more than 500 miles to Penn State, but he does have plans closer home. Thompkins will be at the junior days for Duke and NC State.

North Carolina stopped by for a visit Friday, and the Wolfpack also planned to see Thompkins' coach in the near future.

"To me, any school is possible," Thompkins said. "And I say that with the best intentions, knowing that the environment is what counts. I would love to stay home -- and I'm sure my mom would like that, too -- but that's something we'll talk about. No matter where I go, I'll have to feel comfortable."