It is rare to see top-tier high school football prospects show their hand early in the recruiting process. Many recruits proceed with a list of favorite schools and make a decision on Signing Day without giving away much information in the meantime. This process can be intriguing and maddening for fans, especially in the ultra-competitive SEC.
Trenton Thompson is clearly not in that boat. The nation’s No. 1 recruit visited Athens, GA this week and came away gushing over his love for the school, team and coaching staff. Despite trips to Auburn, Alabama and Florida State, Thompson has named Georgia as his leader after each of those visits. This weekend could have sealed the deal for the Dawgs.
Thompson has been to Athens several times in the past, but there was a catch — his mother had been unable to attend. On this visit, however, she was able to make the trip and see Athens for herself. As with many 18-year-old kids getting ready to leave the nest, Thompson’s mother will play a huge role in his decision. Thompson has made it clear that, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” The coaching staff is well aware of this, and are easing her mind was the No. 1 goal of the weekend.
Well, she apparently liked what she saw in Mark Richt, Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker. The word is that she also “loves” Georgia now, and the visit could not have gone better. With his mother on board, Thompson may not wait around much longer. If the Dawgs reel in the biggest name on everyone’s board, it could set the tone for an exciting summer.
Players like Thompson will attract other top talent, and with his gregarious nature, he will certainly be a useful recruiter for the rest of the year. The Dawgs have several big targets that are undecided, and Thompson’s commitment could sway them to end the process early. A top 10 finish in recruiting could set Georgia up to make some noise in 2015.