Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, has kept a somewhat low-profile for an elite recruit since committing to UGA last month.
The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School hasn’t done many media interviews while focused on his senior season. But he has found the time to hit the recruiting circuit, making unofficial visits to UGA, Alabama and Auburn this month.
He witnessed UGA’s win over Tennessee on Saturday with his mother.
“It’s always great to be up there around family,” Thompson told the AJC on Monday. “It’s always good to see Coach Mark Richt, Coach Rocker and Coach Bobo. My mom came with me. She loves Georgia. She thinks it feels like home.”
How does Thompson reflect on his decision to commit early? Most elite prospects wait until around signing day in order to maximize their publicity.
“I think it was a good choice to go ahead and commit to Georgia so I can try to get other players to go there with me,” Thompson said. “I’m glad I did it.”
So who is Thompson trying to convince to join him at UGA? “I’m just looking for some DBs … Donte (Jackson) and (Rashad) Roundtree, along with Roquan (Smith).”
Donte Jackson is a 4-star cornerback from New Orleans who will likely decide between LSU and UGA. Rashad Roundtree is a 4-star safety from the Augusta area who will announce his college decision on Nov. 7 — UGA and Auburn are believed to be the frontrunners.
Roquan Smith is a 4-star linebacker from Macon County High School, which is located around 60 miles away from Westover. Smith and Thompson have become close friends, and Thompson said he plans to be there when Smith announces (most likely around signing day).
“Whenever Roquan commits, I’m going to make my way there,” Thompson said. “We’re friends. He’s from Georgia, and I just want to see where he goes. We keep in contact all the time. We talk to each other about every day.”
What’s the latest with other colleges? They’re still chasing after Thompson and will be doing so until signing day. UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and Clemson have been the only two schools that have shown up at one of his Westover games so far.
Last week, Thompson made an unofficial visit to Alabama and came away impressed. “It was a good trip. I had fun. I saw Terry Godwin (another UGA commit) there. Alabama told me to look at their tradition at defensive line.”
Earlier this month, Thompson also attended a game at Auburn. He has a close friendship with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, the former UGA assistant. “Coach Garner is a good coach. I like Coach Malzhan a lot. It’s just a good system there. It’s a small community but I like it.”
Despite Thompson’s early commitment to UGA, he still plans to take official visits to Florida State, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, along with the Bulldogs, to “enjoy the recruiting process.” However, he hasn’t set up any visits yet, and said he’ll wait until after this senior season to do that.
Right now, the only thing on Thompson’s schedule is to make an unofficial visit to Auburn for this weekend’s LSU game and to go back to UGA for the Auburn game on Nov. 15.
What about UGA fans who are nervous about the 5-star visiting other schools? “I’m 100 percent committed to Georgia,” he said. “They were the first school that offered me, and the first school I visited. I think I can come in and be an impact player. And the education is there.”
RELATED: Two of the state’s top uncommitted prospects who both play at Greater Atlanta Christian high school made official visits to UGA for the Tennessee game. Wide receiver Darius Slayton has UGA, Auburn and South Carolina among his leaders, while it projects to be a Tennessee-UGA battle for cornerback Micah Abernathy. His older brother played for Tennessee coach Butch Jones at Cincinnati … UGA picked up its third commit for 2016 when Chauncey Manac, a 4-star defensive end from Clinch County High School, pledged to the Bulldogs on Saturday.
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