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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Indiana surprises Thompson while on visit

By Jared Shanker

Indiana is considered a basketball school first, but Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) said he would have never known based on what he saw out of the football program while on a visit Saturday.

“You would never tell that,” he said. “The weight room blew me out of the water. I never thought Indiana was the greatest school but this visit completely changed my point of view of them.”

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end was offered by the Hoosiers last week. He was originally scheduled to visit Indiana on Jan. 27 but inclement weather forced him to cancel. It turned out to be a good exchange for Thompson, though, as he was able to catch the Hoosiers beating then-No. 1 Michigan in basketball Saturday.

Thompson called it the loudest event he has ever been at and was shoulder to shoulder in the stands with other recruits.

Before the game, Thompson spent time with defensive ends coach Jon Fabris. As the only defensive lineman visiting, Thompson spent a lot of one-on-one time with Fabris.

“We talked about a defensive lineman should play -- fast, aggressive and a quick. He showed me board drills and worked on my pass rush,” Thompson said.

Arkansas’ Charlie Partridge and Michigan State’s Dan Roushar were at Montini Catholic last week, and both are interested in Thompson. He is planning to visit Michigan State in two weeks and hopes to visit Arkansas and several other SEC schools in the coming months.