December 1, 2008

Thompson enjoys Fort Collins

A coaching change and a reputation as a hard hitter have Frankfurt (Ill.) safety Ezra Thompson on the radar of several college coaches, including Colorado State, which hosted Thompson for a visit Nov. 15. Thompson is a 6-foot-2 inch, 195-pound safety with scholarship offers from CSU, Illinois State, Western Michigan, Ball State and Miami of Ohio - the school to which he was a soft commitment earlier in the season.

Thus far Thompson's only visit has been to Colorado State and it is fair to say he enjoyed the trip athletically and academically. Thompson has recorded a 26 on his ACT and sports a 3.0 GPA. He was quick to say he enjoyed both the game, as well as the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor and dean of the business school.

"Beautiful city," Thompson said of Fort Collins. "It kind of has that small town feel to it, but it is definitely a college town. CSU is great overall and I want to major in business and they are ranked a top-100 school in business. Academically and athletically, it seems like it would be a good fit."

"Sports-wise, the football is good, but out of football there are so many activities like water sports and snowboarding you can do out there," Thompson said. "I am excited to do it and just the people were real cool. It was a great experience."

Currently, Thompson said the top two on his list are Miami and Colorado State in no particular order. Thompson said he enjoys the atmosphere at Miami and says Oxford has a tremendous feel of an old college town to it. He said he was alerted early when the coaching staff at Miami was let go this week and it has thrown a bit of a monkey wrench in his earlier commitment. He does still plan on taking an official visit to Miami in Jan. after a new staff is in place.

"I was actually contacted by recruiting coach before they released it (news of the firing)," Thompson said. He told me about it. Of course I will still talk to them. I don't know for certain who they will bring in though."

This season Thompson's Lincolnway East High School tam finished 8-1 in the regular season, but dropped a second round playoff game to Mount Carmel. Thompson's individual numbers included 80 tackles, 16 pass knockdowns and two interceptions.

"I would describe myself as a hard hitter and a smart player," Thompson said. "I think I got a lot better at analyzing offenses and how to react to certain situations this season."

Thompson has three uncles who played professional football including former Packer and Saint Louis Cardinal lineman Tootie Robinson. Thompson's father, also named Ezra Thompson, played in Europe. Brains also run in the Thompson family as another uncle was a deputy Attorney General during the Bush Administration - Larry Thompson.

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