After visiting every corner of the country in a hotly contested recruiting battle, Trenton Thompson is staying home.
Thompson committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Aug. 12 amidst much pomp and circumstance surrounding his very sought-after signature. After taking numerous trips, visiting with dozens of coaches, and enjoying the process, Thompson has seemingly ended things before official visits are allowed to take place. The five-star defensive tackle played the Georgia fight song as he donned the cap of his chosen school.
Auburn and Florida State tried to use proximity and coaching relationships, but the admitted lifelong Georgia fan clearly wanted to please the home crowd and honor the first offer that ever came his way. Mark Richt and company have been on Thompson for quite some time, and the cultivation of that relationship has been as fruitful as a southwest Georgia tomato patch.
Georgia’s recruiting class has taken off in recent weeks, and the addition of Thompson is an enormous boost. He is the No. 1 prospect in the country according to 247sports.com and his highlight films are havoc-wreaking nightmares for outmatched offensive linemen that cannot handle Thompson’s speed and strength. Georgia will certainly make a move in the recruiting rankings and solidify a top 10 spot on 247sports.com and Rivals.com.
Will he be an immediate factor in Athens? That cannot be said for certain. Linemen are unpredictable and their adjustment period to the college game varies. For every Jadeveon Clowney, there is a Gary Brown. Brown was a five-star “can’t miss” defensive line prospect from the class of 2009 that floundered in the Florida Gator program until he was dismissed from the team in 2010. Everybody knows Clowney’s story.
One place where Thompson will have an impact for sure is in the minds of other undecided recruits. Players like Thompson are magnets for other top talent and seeing his name come off the board will definitely make highly-rated Georgians like Rashad Roundtree sit up and take notice. Thompson is very savvy when it comes to social media, so Twitter and Instagram will be lighting up tonight in Georgia.
The Dawgs have a major piece of the puzzle for 2015 in Thompson, and now they can set their sights on building a stronger class around him.