Posted: 1:06 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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

By Michael Carvell

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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255 comments
Roll Tide!
Roll Tide!

If he wants to play on a consistently mediocre team that hasn't won an NC in over 30 years then he should go to UGA.  If he wants to wear NC rings then he should go to Bama.    

C. wells
C. wells

If he's so interested in himself, that he doesn't want to meet his fellow Dawgs, than I say, go to FSU. UGA needs responsible and players that think of the "TEAM FIRST".      If he can't comply, go elsewhere.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Good news that Thompson will be at Dawg Night. If he is serious about going to Georgia he needs to build a relation with his future teammates , if nothing else find a good roommate.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

“It depends on whatever my high school coaches decide to do,”


What?  



gtcaryd
gtcaryd

HotDawg i see your immature, childish butt has used the horrible death of a child as a chance to slam someone for being a Bama fan. What a complete and total moron you are! You are worse than any of those nutty fringe fans of any college team. Hopefully you were drunk when you posted this crap. I am sure dawg nation is proud of your post.

HotDawg
HotDawg

He's doing the right thing by his teammates. And he should look at multiple colleges. As should every student.

I don't buy the idea that he, or anyone, is playing for the military because he plays in an army sponsored all-star game.

If he really wants to "play" for the military, sign up at the local recruiting office.

Otherwise quit bragging that you're playing "for" the military. They're just a sponsor kid.

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

Well Lex actually told you first, I just told you a little louder

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

All one has to do is read between the lines when this kid says he is holding out so his teammates will get a look from the coaches coming to see him. There is absolutely no doubt about it, the kid grew up a Georgia fan, was offered first by Georgia, and I believe a pretty smart young man in his own right who doesn't want the attention but wants his fellow high school players to have every chance possible and he knows he can give it to them.................Whooooa what a DAWG he'll be, and what a twist............a humble young man doing for others...............'Ol RED told you first.............Trenton Thompson is as good as a DAWG right now...................GO DAWGS...................RED

Roll Tide!
Roll Tide!

If he wants to win National Championships he will go to Alabama.  He he wants to play on a team that is a consistent under achiever and that hasn't played in a NC for over 30 years he will choose UGA.

Gopher86
Gopher86

Young Gun(Trent T) Not here to criticize, but advise. I came out in 1986, was on the "85 Clarke Central HS team that won the National Title. Brother we had talent every where. We had John Kasay, Willie Green, Robbie Kamerscham, Chuck Smith, Derek Dooley, David Perno, Chris Morrocco(the late great Zippy's son) and countless others on this team including yours truly. Young man my point is this when there is talent the coaches in Spokane Washington will find you. I ended up in Minnesota, our Backup(yes backup) went to Stanford. Commit and stand firm in your decision and go enjoy your season. Don't let some sweet talker(Gardner) convince you not to follow your lifetime goal of being a Dawg. When you look back you will be able to say I lived MY DREAM, and this will be important. There is know better feeling than committing and knowing you worked your behind off to get there. Your teammates WORK ETHIC will determine if they make it. Hard work pays off every time. 

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Bucket,

That is huge info regarding SC. Some of those non-qualifiers were bigtime recruits.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

Thompson just having fun...don't blame him one bit...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

195 comments and half of them are from a disgruntled tek fan...way to go Bob, you're winning this one...go dogs

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

GT lock I'm sure of it....

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

How would Thompson not committing to Georgia help any of his teammates. I have read that a few of his teammates are good enough for the College level. If that is true then I guarantee that his Coach has already got in tough with every smaller Division 1 and  Division 2 or 3 College out there. The lesser talented Division 1 know they have no chance to get Thompson so Recruiters  would be coming to the Westover game solely to see his teammates. We lost out on some great players on the last day in the past by not getting them to commit. They guaranteed they were coming to Georgia and these Recruits ended up at Auburn and Mississippi and Alabama. 

Georgia needs Thompson to commit as soon as possible to help bring in a great 2015 class.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Thomson if your teammates are any good the Recruiters  will know it. It is not your job to worry about them. Don't let Kirby or Garner talk you into not committing to Georgia thinking that will help your teammates any, get Recruiters  to come to your games. The Recruiters  are going to come to your game whether you commit or not. 

MY QUESTION TO YOU IS : WHEN YOU GET TO GEORGIA WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TELL YOUR NEW TEAMMATES FOR THE NEXT 3 OR 4 YEARS AS TO WHY YOU DIDN'T HELP RECRUIT FOR GEORGIA? 

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Hope we get him...Rocker and Pruitt will fast him to the NFL pot of gold. At Bama, he may have to wait in line behind a bunch of other 5* players...could miss a couple of years of millions of $'s.

OGTripleOG
OGTripleOG

He said he trying to help his teammates which is nice of him he still going to Athens

HotDawg
HotDawg

Gtcaryd....Maybe the news should have never shown a picture of father in a bama shirt?

I'm sure bama country is proud of that guy.

Cram it up your backside gtcaryd. You're another freaking hypocrite, troll, moron.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Yeah, he sunk lower than any other poster I have ever seen. Not sure how he could read that post and think it was a clever knock on us, but it makes him the scum of the Earth to bring the death of a child into, well, anything, much less a college football discussion. And Georgia fans wonder why everyone can't stand them. There it is, perfect example in black and white.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg Good boy, he listens to his mother. HotDawg, i don't think he is bragging, what did the kid do to you? Good grief.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Bamards.....Harvey Updyke and the guy that put his kid in the car to die. Along with many other psychotic examples.

That's all you need to know about Bama fans.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Roll Tide! Why do you care?

Are you concerned about UGA?

See you in Athens next year

HotDawg
HotDawg

Gopher, that was a very interesting perspective. Kudos.

McDawg
McDawg

@Buzz-Off whats the story -i think i read 8 recruits did not qualify-thats a big deal

thebucket
thebucket

@Buzz-Off  I agree. SC was depending on a couple of those guys to be starters @ DB.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Steve has spent too much time talking about Saban and Bama's #1 classes instead of taking care of his own litttle red wagon.

Humbletown...we all got it coming

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@Red-Dog  You are a lock for the goofiest snorkel and mask...........in fact you are not really doing "OUR" name justice. Yup, Red-Dog ever since you decided to use the same name I've used for the last seven or so years, you've made a complete fool out of you...er....a....us.........Regards, RED DOG

awreed79
awreed79

@C-Kirk Translation:  Trent, stop being selfless and be selfish like me!

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@C-Kirk You have no idea what this kid is doing on his visits.  Besides we have a recruiting coordinator, and that's his job.  He gets paid well to do it and was named the best in America last year.


I think the players only care how the kid can play.  Show up and ball, and no one cares, McClendon included.


He is just a kid and let him enjoy his recruitment.  Players play, coaches coach, owners own, and recruits GET recruited.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You can't play your way into the NFL your freshman year. Special teams,trash time, and learn how to handle college is #1.  Thus young player will go with the Dawgs come Nick Saban Day (NSD).

HotDawg
HotDawg

Contractor....You should try directing your anger toward the Bama fan father. He's the scum who should get the death penalty. I never disparaged the child.

But , oh no, you want to trash me for just telling the truth. God forbid. Nice misdirection of anger. You're a typical sensitive Bama fan. I'm sure you're proud of this guy and the other Harvey Updyke bama fans.

That's why everyone can't stand bamards.

You're also a hypocrite troll, like gtcaryd, who trolls to trash GA fans with much worse vitriol.

And then act so offended when the trash is thrown back in your face.

At least least I spoke the truth. You guys have to own up to the Harvey Updyke and the killer father as Bama fans.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Gtcaryd, I'll ask the same thing of you every time you trash a Georgia player.....Good grief yourself.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Just fade away dude. How un-classy can someone be to bring the unfortunate death of a child into a college football discussion. This is where people take recruiting and football way too far. You have done a disservice to Georgia, college football, your family, and other Georgia fans. This is exactly why Georgia fans are hated just about by everyone. Good lord, just disappear before someone gets their hands around your throat for being the scum you are.

Roll Tide!
Roll Tide!

@DawginLex @Roll Tide! Ha Ha not concerned in the least about UGA.  Is UGA going to try another gimmick in Athens against Bama like they did in 2008 with the "Black Out?" How did that turn out? You guys need to worry about SC, FL, TN and Auburn as you will lose at least two of those games.  

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@DawginLex @Roll Tide! He doesn't care, of course, and I'm sure he will post 100 more times on a UGA blog to prove just how much he doesn't care about UGA.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Willie,

Little Stevie has no shame...

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@awreed79 @C-Kirk

Stop treating these kids like they are 10 years old. If Thompson's teammates are any good they won't need him to help them any. I guess when one gets an offer from lets say Valdosta State and signs with them they can always get on facebook and ask Thompson what do they do now? 

You insult his teammates when you and he think they need any help. As I Said if they are any good their Coach will let everybody know . Thomson's only obligation is he need to help lead Westover to a Championship and help Georgia Recruit for the 2015 class at least until his High School season starts then he will be too busy for Georgia. You say it is selfless. I say it naive not understanding it's the oldest trick in the book for a competitor Recruiter to use his good nature against him to keep him from committing. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Nate-the-Great @C-Kirk

He can enjoy his Recruitment and still be committed. His Coach will bring in all the Recruiters his teammates need if they are good enough. Thompson doesn't need to let a hustler Recruiter put it in his brain that what happens to his teammates depends on him. That is his Coaches job not his. Thompson you need to COMMIT , now and help  Georgia get the DEPTH they need .

Terry1961
Terry1961

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie, What about Jadeveon Clowney?  I'm not so sure he wouldn't have been Drafted after his first year of college football, if the NCAA rules allowed it, but the fact is, no High School kid can enter the NFL Draft, until they have been out of High School for at least three years.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Contractor.....the real scum are people like Harvey Updyke and father of the child. They are exactly why Bama fans are hated just about by everyone. Good Lord, worry about eliminating those Bama fans instead of being so sensitive about someone criticizing poor old Bama and their fans.

Remember the Bama fan in the news who assaulted a woman In a Waffle House after a game? Or the drunk Bama mother that started assaulting Oklahoma fans in their seats during the bowl game last year?

You Bama fans should worry about someone getting hands around your throats for being the scum that you are!!