Westover defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, a 2015 prospect, isn't a household name yet. But he will be.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman had a monster sophomore season for the Patriots, and the first team to take notice of Thompson has now offered him a scholarship.
"Georgia has been interested in me since last month. In January they come in and watched me in the weight room," Thompson said. "Today, I went up there to Athens and Mark Richt came up to me, my mama, my brother and my aunt in a room by ourselves. He said, 'You know I'm the Head Coach, right?" and I told him yes sir. He said, 'You know I'm about to give you an offer,' and I was so surprised. All that hard work I put in during the summer paid off. I was just really happy to get that offer."
Thompson obviously likes UGA because they were the first team to take notice of his talents, but he was also impressed with the coaching staff on his visit to Athens Saturday.
"I really like the coaches there. They showed me a lot of love and they told me about the academics there and all that. They were telling me that if I get hurt, they would still honor my offer for a full scholarship. That really got my attention. Coach (Mike) Bobo, Coach (Will) Friend, and the defensive line coach, Chris Wilson. They have some great personalities," he said. "I really like that. When I went in to talk to coach Wilson, the first thing that he talked about was academics. He was telling me that I could set high standards or low standards and he was really talking academics with me. It was cool because it wasn't just about football and all that."
The sophomore standout will likely never forget the day he received his first offer, but there were other things about the UGA visit that stand out."
"They just showed me a lot of love," Thompson said. "They let me try on the jersey and let me take a picture by John Jenkins' locker. They just showed me a lot of love up there today. They acted like they want me a lot, and Coach Richt was like, 'You know I want you to be a Dawg, right?' It was just a lot of love."
Many will soon be familiar with Thompson's abilities on the football field, but for those that don't know much about the young prospect, the Albany native isn't hesitant to talk about his strengths and weaknesses.
"My strengths are that I have a great motor. I like to chase after the football," he said. "My weakness is that sometimes I have bad footwork and sometimes I read screen and sometimes I don't so I need to learn to break down and slow the game down."
Georgia appears to have gotten a jump on the rest of the pack with this 2015 recruit as only one other team has showed interest in Thompson.
"South Carolina has talked to me one time," Thompson said. "The defensive coordinator (Lorenzo Ward) talked to me one time. He came down and shook my hand and all, but that is it so far."
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