Posted: 9:17 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Trent Thompson: State’s No. 1 prospect to pick UGA, Bama or Auburn at 7 tonight 

By Michael Carvell

At the top of UGA's wish list is 5-star DT Trent Thompson (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Atop of UGA’s wish list: 5-star DT Trent Thompson (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Trent Thompson, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect, is taking the unusual route in announcing his college decision sooner than later.

The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School will reveal his choice around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

UGA has been the longtime frontrunner for Thompson, who also lists Alabama and Auburn in his top three.

He’s also mentioned Florida State, Clemson and USC at times among his favorites.

“Georgia has been his leader since day one — he really feels comfortable on their campus,” Westover coach Octavia Jones told the AJC. “And he has a great relationship with the coaches at Georgia, as well as the coaches at Auburn. He has probably visited Auburn more times than Georgia, and he has spent a lot of time with that coaching staff, especially Coach Garner.

Mark Richt (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Mark Richt (AJC/Michael Carvell)

“You know, Alabama is Alabama. Any time recruits step foot on that campus they are going to impressed with what they see. They have top-notch facilities, and it’s the chance to play for a legend such as Coach Saban. That has to be intriguing for any kid.”

“So those are some of the main things that he likes about those three schools but the most important thing is that all three of those institutions offer great academics. And that’s very important to him.”

Many 5-star prospects, including last year’s No. 1 out of Georgia (UGA signee Lorenzo Carter), drag out the recruiting process until signing day to max out the publicity and attention. Thompson made the surprising decision to call it off early.

“I would like to think that Trent listened to me,” Jones said. “I’ve had several conversations with him in the last couple of weeks — that it may be a good idea for him to go ahead and commit early so he can enjoy his senior season, focus on school, and try to help us win a state championship.

“Obviously, he had his reasons for wanting to wait this long. He wanted to help his teammates out with getting exposure. A lot of people thought that that was coming from us (his coaches). But that was all Trent. It’s just the kind of person he is, and he wanted to do all he could to help his teammates.”

Why Tuesday? It’s the anniversary of his grandparents. After Westover’s practice next Tuesday, Thompson and his teammates will fill into the school’s auditorium to make the highly-anticipated announcement.

“I think the winning school is getting the best defensive lineman in the country,” Jones said. “We definitely feel like he’s a future first-round NFL draft pick. His ceiling is so high. He hasn’t reached it yet.

“He’s going to be so much better on the next level when those college coaches get to spend more and more time with him. They’ll improve his technique, and he’ll get a lot of experience going against other top-notch players from across the country. That’s all going to be make him that much better.”

UGA is the heavy frontrunner for Thompson, who has publicly named the Bulldogs as his leader ever since reporters began asking him. He has reiterated the point several times this summer. It made a big and lasting impression on Thompson when UGA was the first school to offer.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has also admitted that he almost committed to UGA at least twice last year.

Who else in the picture for Thompson? The strongest contender may be Auburn. Thompson and his mother are fond of Rodney Garner, the former UGA recruiting coordinator.

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

DL Trenton Thompson of Westover (247sports)

As of Wednesday night, 100 percent of 59 recruiting experts were projecting Thompson to UGA in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions.

Thompson recently dropped from the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect to No. 2 in the rankings. More than likely, it had to do with Thompson’s decision to skip last month’s Nike Opening to prepare for his high school season. Thompson will have the chance to regain the top spot at January’s Army All-America Bowl.

Thompson’s coach commends his prized prospect for keeping things in perspective:

“I think he has done an outstanding job with handling all this attention he has been getting,” Jones said. “You rarely see high school sophomores get that many offers from big colleges and be able to take it in stride and use it as motivation to work harder to achieve his goal.

“He hasn’t, for one second, let it go to his head. And it hasn’t distracted him at all.”

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217 comments
Gopher86
Gopher86

Lets get the Stanley kid Sat,  then the #1 one player in Virginia at DE(5 STAR)  and flip both Ledbetter and the OT and we have a great class. Welcome gentlemen to the 2014 National champs.

Contractor1
Contractor1

He's all Dawg baby!!! Oh wait, Georgia has been getting five stars for over ten years now, so good decision for the guy, but it doesn't mean anything has changed in Athens.

Gopher86
Gopher86

Watch the Smoke all you haters, two more 5 stars coming! Congratulations Trent Thompson. Greaat to be a dawg!

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

Picked the Lowest Common Denominator? Best wished young Man. If the NFL money doesn't happen make sure you get a VALUABLE DEGREE.....Art History, Magazine, P.E. & Housing shouldn't be on your list.

BCB
BCB

DAWGS!!!!

rzablan
rzablan

Watched it live on WALB.  GO DAWGS!!!!

rzablan
rzablan

He just picked UGA!!!!!!!!!!


Contractor1
Contractor1

Moist and 350 have bitten their nails down to the nub. Anxiously awaiting 7:00 they are

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

The new Dawg Escalade fleet has done the trick

thebucket
thebucket

CMR,CJP, and UGA need more of the top in-state players to start pulling the lever for the Dawgs. We shall see in just a bit.

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

The bigger question is will he pick Burger King or McDonald's?


Good luck young man...it is ONLY the CHOICE for the FUTURE of your life.



JacketMan
JacketMan

As expected, Brentavious Glanton, DT from Monroe HS, also from Albany, GA, just committed to GA Tech. Besides Tech, he had offers from California, Tennessee, and Wake Forrest, to name a few out of his approximately dozen offers.

mrcvsj
mrcvsj

Just left from Westover, Trent looks relieved to get this over with. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

Don't really care where he goes, but he'll do well at the school he does attend and has three good finalist where he can't lose either way. Good luck tonight making your decision sir.

BamBam75
BamBam75

Looks like he a very good player and a future dawg. Good luck with an injury free career and not too much disappointment is seeing the Tide reign in the SEC.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Like I said before, all of my contacts in Albany are telling me it is UGA, and has been al along.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Three-Star Miami Safety Commits to the Buckeyes

By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — Ohio State secured a verbal commitment from Carlton Davis, a three-star defensive back prospect out of Miami, Florida on Monday.

Davis (6-1 182) had slimmed his list down to three teams recently, with the Buckeyes joining Miami (FL) and South Carolina on that list. He still plans on taking official visits to each of the three schools per Rivals, so his is what the recruiting industry terms a "soft verbal" at this point.

While he is rated a three-star prospect by all four services — 247Sports ranks him the #54 cornerback in the nation overall — he has offers from the three teams listed above, as well as Alabama, LSU, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee. So while he may be a three-star prospect, he has a five-star offer sheet.



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Urban beats the dogs again

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Hope Trent sticks with the Dawgs. Pruitt going to shutdown those good recruits going to F auburn. Bama will cherry pick where we can but fAU depends on Georgia players.


Roll Tide

gadem
gadem

This guy won't even camp...I doubt if he is number one. The VOLS have the best DT is this class. Go ahead and go to UGA and underachieve young man. That is the legacy of ALL UGA teams.

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

BrainiacRichtfanforlife aka snagglepuss.... get your pickled pigs feet an nachos together and come on over bro!  I'll have the UGA vs. Clemson game on my 72".  Good to see you on the blog! 

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

Lets be honest.  This kid is making a huge mistake.  Some of the adults in his life should step in and explain this to him.  UGA or Bama... there really is no comparison.  


Haa haa just messing with you dwags.  Football season is upon us good people!  Good luck to this young man.  I wish him a long healthy career.  


Roll Tide!!

dcole001
dcole001

As a Bama Fan would be a nice get, but he is all Dog. All the recruiting site have Georgia as lock. Not much surprise on this one. Great pick up for Dog Fans.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Dang straight, 18-0 next year. Dawgs > Jaguars.

Columbus68
Columbus68

@Contractor1 UGA has not gotten many 5 stars the last 10 years.  They have however been getting more the last TWO years.  Hater.  And BTW things have been changing in Athens but you have not noticed because you are a hatin jerk.  May YOUR team this year and next have at LEAST AS MANY INJURIES AS UGA HAD LAST YEAR.  Get your facts straight and then grow up

keendaddy
keendaddy

Soooooooo, if he picks GT, I guess it's the Varsity, lol!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@OH-IO #54 CB....you come to brag about that? C'Mon Man. You can do better. A one legged blind man was ranked #55.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Who cares who Auburn gets? Wanna be the best, you gotta beat the best. I like the back and forth with them. We will come out on top more than we won't.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@gadem

Your double-digit IQ is illustrated in your name, gadem.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@gadem

Sounds like you are already making excuses before he even announces his decision. Pretty funny hearing a VOL fan criticizing UGa for "underachieving"!!!

Superguard
Superguard

Nothing wrong with good trash talk. Go dawgs!!

Contractor1
Contractor1

They had Rashaan Evans an Auburn lock last year and now he's running drills in Tuscaloosa today.

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

@keendaddy No WAFFLE HOUSE...A GT Grad created that fast ood chain..LOL

The VARSITY people are now all MUTTS. I Know them and went to school with many of them. I still tell Gordon Muir that he needs to make a Varsity on TYBEE but mom-in-law isn't waning to EXPAND outside of the ATL too far. S. Gordy thinks it will hurt the brand if they have to let control move that far away. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

You're not one to poke fun of anyone's intellect Rover.

gadem
gadem

@Buzz-Off Coach Butch Jones can get as many kids out of GA as he wants, and apparently every other team can too.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Bullsheet,

we need a Varsity down here too!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Not true gadem.....not true at all, but good try loser!!!