December 24, 2008

Illinois safety looks forward to CSU

The Christmas season came early for the Colorado State football team as the Rams scored a commitment from Frankfurt, (Ill.) safety Ezra Thompson on Monday night. Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound two-star prospect whose college decision came down to Colorado State and Miami (OH), who Thompson had given a verbal commitment to earlier in the season.

"I pretty much knew a while ago (that he was going to commit to CSU). I just wanted to compare Colorado State to Miami's new coach whenever they got one. Basically, I got tired of waiting for their new coach so I decided to commit," Thompson said.

This season Thompson's Lincolnway East High School team finished 8-1 in the regular season and made the state playoffs. 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.

He said he called Colorado State offensive line coach and his recruiting contact Pat Meyer about 9 p.m. on Monday night to tell him the good news.

"I called Coach Meyer and we were just joking around," Thompson said. "Then I told him I was fully committed. He was ecstatic and he later talked to my mother."

Thompson ended the night talking with assistant coach Larry Lewis as well as Rams' head coach Steve Fairchild. Thompson said Fairchild told him in a perfect world the Rams would love to redshirt all their incoming freshmen, but Thompson may be able to come compete for a safety job right away.

"My goal is definitely to get on the field ASAP," Thompson said.

The recruiting season is not necessarily over for Thompson, who will visit the Fort Collins campus of CSU in Jan. with his mother, who has yet to see it.

"My mother just wants to make sure it is a good fit academically. My dad was all for it (commitment to CSU)," Thompson said.

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