December 12, 2008

Two in the running for Thompson

While some of the recent Colorado State recruiting stories may center around high school player's concerns about playing in Colorado and its potential for snow, there is no such concern with Frankfurt (Ill.) safety Ezra Thompson. The Illinois defensive back spent Thursday night at Soldier Field watching the Bears and Saints in 20-degree temperatures.

It was a nice break from the recruiting wars, which Thompson finds himself solidly in the middle of with Colorado State and Miami (OH) being his two top suitors.
"Colorado State came in Monday and the (Colorado State Assistant Coach Marc) Coach Lubick met my dad at the airport in Atlanta," Thompson said. "I might have an at-home visit with Miami coming up. I am also going to take my official visit to Miami when they name a new coach."

Thompson's week started off with a visit from Colorado State offensive line coach Pat Meyer and Coach Fairchild. Thompson said it was a good visit and one set up for his mother to meet the coaches. Not to say it was her first time talking to Colorado State.

"Coach Meyer probably talks to my mom more than he talks to me," Thompson laughed. "We pretty much discussed the future of the program. They took us through a whole season for what we could expect, when to come in during the summer, what practices were going to be like, eating, housing and all that stuff."

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. Thompson has recorded a 26 on his ACT and sports a 3.0 GPA. He hopes to major in business and finance.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety has 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. Thompson is still planning on a trip to Oxford and has been hearing from Miami on a regular basis.

"The coaches are still getting out to all the people who committed," Thompson said. "Some of the players from the team now have been in contact with me walking us through the situation and giving us the feel for what is going on in Oxford."

Thompson said he is hearing the Redhawks hope to have a coach in place before Christmas and they have 3-4 good names that keep re-surfacing. At this point it is his intention to make the trip to Oxford and then make a decision on his future school.

"In a sense, I have a good idea. I just want to make sure it is the right decision."

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