May 11, 2011
Thompson looking to break out
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There are a lot of rising juniors out there trying to make a name for themselves during combine season. One player that is doing just that is Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic product Jayme Thompson. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back turned in a big performance earlier this off-season at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Massillon. Despite the fact that he's still recovering from a pretty severe ankle sprain, the tall, rangy, safety prospect backed that performance up on Sunday with another impressive showing at the Cleveland Under Armour Combine.
"My times (at the Under Armour Combine) weren't quite as good as I would have liked them to be," he explained. "I tried my best in the DB drills and the one-on-one's. I really wanted to come this weekend because I wanted to compete."
Thompson was one of three defensive backs singled out at the camp by Under Armour Camp defensive backs coach Don Cox. Thompson showed solid cover skills in the one-on-one's and looked the part of a future Division I caliber prospect. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that numerous schools are already aware of Thompson.
"Wisconsin, Pitt, Oregon, Florida, Louisville, Bowling Green, and Kentucky," said Thompson, when asked which schools are showing the most early interest. "Wisconsin (is standing out) because it came up to visit and has shown the most interest (to date)."
Ohio State has also sent letters to Thompson, and Thompson will be camping with the Buckeyes towards the end of June.
"I would definitely consider Ohio State, they are pretty big up here in Toledo," he explained. "They recruit this area a lot."
In addition to Ohio State, Thompson will hit up a handful of other team camps throughout the summer.
"I' m going to Wisconsin June 19-21 for the three-day camp," he explained. "I'm also going to Michigan State on July 11, Ohio State on June 25, and then Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan at the end of June."
Thompson is hoping that a strong summer can propel him onto the radar of these programs and eventually earn himself some scholarship offers.
"I'm just trying to show them that I'm willing to work hard and that I will bring whatever I can to their program," he said.
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