June 16, 2007

Four-star visit

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Brandon Thompson got to spend over just two days in the town of his current leader. What were the impressions the nation's No. 6 defensive tackle prospect, according to Rivals.com, that he took away from his time spent at the Tommy Bowden Football Camp?

"I enjoyed my visit," Thompson told Tigerillustrated.com Friday evening. "Just getting to meet new people and being campus was the best part."

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound four star mauler developed a fast friendship with Clemson's most recent commit A.J. Harmon, a fellow Peach State blue-chip defensive tackle.

"He's a cool guy," the Rivals250 member stated. "A.J. loves the game of football. What surprised me about him is that he looks nothing like his pictures on the Internet."

Both prospects were tutored in camp by Tiger defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

"Coach Rumph is real cool," noted the rising senior standout. "I like ole coach Rumph."

The prospect indicated that he took a lot away from his experience in Tiger Town.

"I learned how to stay low and get my hands up and learned some techniques to help my pass rush," Thompson said. "My right wrist was still a little hurt (from a spring practice injury) but it only hurt when I hit a (blocking) dummy. Going against (R.J.) Mattes was no joke. He's (for) real. He's real (good) man. Jerrell Harris was good too. Oh yeah. He's an athlete."

As the big man exited camp, he shared what stands about his option at Clemson.

"I just like the coaches, the players and the people there," the defensive tackle indicated. "They are still my leader."

He unofficially visited Georgia Tech on Friday.

"Nothing really stood out, they showed me the same things everyone else has on my other visits," the touted recruit shared. "I don't have any further visits planned. I'm hoping to decide later this summer before my senior season."

Thompson recorded 51 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine tackles for a loss for Thomasville (5-6) as a junior.

His max bench press currently is an impressive 385 pounds and he has a 600-pound squat.

He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds and can slam dunk a basketball.


Thompson also boasts a 3.3 GPA.

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