The 2017 season hasn’t even started yet, one school just got a big boost for the class of 2019.
On Friday, big defensive tackle Tru Thompson announced that he would be heading out of his home state of Georgia by committing to Florida State.
The Seminoles were the first school to offer Thompson when he was just 14-years-old and in middle school in 2015. Damon Sayles of Bleacher Report wrote a profile on Thompson shortly after Florida State offered him a scholarship.
From Sayles’ profile from 2015:
“Last week, the young athlete from Griffin, Georgia, quickly made believers out of all of those older than him at a three-day Florida State camp. Thompson, a defensive tackle, competed with other defensive linemen and outshone a few offensive linemen in one-on-one drills—so much so that he left the camp with his first scholarship offer.”
Thompson is 6’0, 321 pounds, and the Georgia native chose Florida State over Florida, Miami and LSU.
He told the Tallahassee Democrat that Florida State felt like family to him.
“I just wanted to go ahead and go into the summer as a Florida State Seminole,” Thompson said. “Florida State is like a family. They have a great program. They produce a lot of people heading into the draft.
“It feels like home. Every time I come here it feels like a second home. A lot of people are friendly and they bring you in.”
Thompson hasn’t been evaluated to be ranked by recruiting services, but he will likely be among the top ranked defensive tackles of his class.
The Seminoles also received a commitment from 2019 defensive tackle Lloyd Murray this week.
(h/t The Spun)