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Does UGA still lead for nation’s No. 1 football prospect?

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Trenton Thompson, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect, isn’t sure if he’ll attend UGA’s biggest camp of the year next week.

But the 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School still has the Bulldogs as his leader.

UGA will have its annual “Dawg Night” prospect camp on Friday, July 18.

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

“It depends on whatever my high school coaches decide to do,” Thompson told the AJC on Thursday. “If I go to Florida State next week, I probably won’t go to Georgia.”

Thompson has admitted that he almost committed twice to UGA last year but held off because he didn’t want to rush his decision. He confirmed again on Thursday that the Bulldogs are still the school to beat.

“Georgia is still my leader, but people are pushing hard to knock them off the top,” he said. “Alabama is getting close. USC was a great visit, and they’re getting close. I like Clemson, Auburn and Florida State a lot.

“Right now, I think it’s Georgia, USC, Alabama and Clemson at the top. Then Florida State and Auburn are not far behind.”

According to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, around 98 percent of recruiting analysts are projecting Thompson to sign with UGA, with FSU at 2 percent. What does Thompson think about that?

“That’s their prediction,” he said. “It’s not going to come down to anything until I announce my decision. There’s still a lot of time. The pressure is really going to come in November. Coaches are going to call and come by the school. I’m not going to let them pressure me. I’m going to be focus on my academics and high school football, so they’re going to have to slow down.”

Thompson also addressed rumors that he may reveal his highly-anticipated college decision in October. “I’m probably going to wait until after the season to commit. I just want to help out my teammates. If I wait, the college coaches can come see my teammates play during the season. They’ll get looked at, so I’m probably going to hold out.”

Thompson has quietly had a busy summer. He has made unofficial visits to UGA, Auburn and Alabama, and flew to USC with one of his high school coaches for a three-day trip. What’s next? He may go to FSU and Florida next week, and is still trying to work in a trip to South Carolina.

Thompson still holds down the spot as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 247sports.com composite rankings, which combines ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247.

However, he was recently dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 by Rivals. Thompson speculated that his drop was related to his choice of senior all-star games. He accepted an invitation to the U.S. Army Bowl (which has 247sports.com as a selection partner) over the Under Armour All-America game (which has Rivals.com as a selection partner).

“I mean, I know why they dropped me — it was because of the game,” Thompson said. “My mom wants me to play in the Army game because she thinks playing for the military will look more beneficial for my resume. My mom made a great point: I’m playing for the military and they sacrificed their lives for us. So who wouldn’t do that? Who wouldn’t want to play for them?”

Thompson is only the second Georgia prospect to ever be rated No. 1 in the composite rankings, following in the footsteps of Grayson High School’s Robert Nkemdiche in 2012.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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