January 24, 2010

'Toughest decision' imminent for four-star Thompson

Carlos Thompson squeezed in a quick nap on Sunday afternoon, a re-charger of sorts following an official visit to Ole Miss.

The Rivals250 defensive end from Hollandale (Simmons), Miss., awoke to the same questions he had prior to putting his head on the pillow and facing the reality that with his travels complete, one of the most anticipated decisions of the 2010 recruiting campaign is looming.

Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Mississippi by Rivals.com, is expected to commit to either Ole Miss or Mississippi State sometime this week.

"It's going to be a real tough decision, the toughest decision I've ever had to make," Thompson said, adding that no arrangements or plans have been made yet regarding a formal announcement of his decision. "It's like they're both the same. It's going to come down to the programs -- which one I think is the best and which one fits me."

Thompson visited Mississippi State one week ago. He followed that trip with this weekend's excursion to Oxford.

"It went real good," Thompson said. "I did a lot with the players and all that. It was a real good experience being with all of the coaches and seeing what the program offered. That kind of helped me out."

Thompson was hosted by rising senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, another tall, rangy defender who, like Thompson, is regarded for his ability to rush the quarterback as well as shut down the running game.

"He's a real good guy," Thompson said of Lockett. "He's down to earth and at the same time, he's cool. He told me about the program and how good it was and how it's been a great experience for him."

Thompson, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 9 defensive end prospect and as the No. 175 overall prospect nationally, said the Rebels' coaching staff told him over the weekend he'd have an opportunity to make an early impact if he chose to wear red and blue instead of maroon and white.

"They have a lack of defensive ends, so I'd have a good chance of playing," Thompson said.

Thompson said the presence of Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price was a strong point in favor of the Rebels. Price coached Thompson's god-brother, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Quentin Groves, at Auburn.

"It's good, but that's not what will really make my decision," Thompson said. "But that's one of the big factors for Ole Miss."

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