Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for No. 1 Recruit Trent Thompson

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2014

Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for No. 1 Recruit Trent Thompson

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    The top player in the 2015 247Sports composite rankings is 5-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson. From Georgia, Thompson is a load in the trenches who plays at Westover High School in Albany.

    With a bright future ahead of him, Thompson will be a coveted man on the recruiting trail until he announces his decision. He has schools from coast to coast after him due to his potential to be a cornerstone beast for a college defense. 

    Because of this, Thompson warrants a closer look.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Trent Thompson?

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    Thompson was an all-state pick in Georgia after posting 83 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior last fall. As a sophomore, he registered 65 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, one forced fumble and one interception, per 247Sports.

    Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Florida are among his top schools, according to 247Sports. Thompson will more than likely be invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl or the Under Armour All-America Game.

    He's No. 1 in both the 2015 247Sports composite rankings and Rivals 250, and No. 8 in the Scout 300

Trent Thompson's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'4" and 292 pounds, Thompson combines great size with impressive quickness and strength. He can shoot upfield through creases by exploding at the snap, which forces offensive linemen to open up their hips earlier than they would like.

    Thompson is a disruptive force who has a strong initial punch at the point of attack. He flashes the ability to play with good leverage and a flat back, which helps him get under the pads of blockers. The Peach State prospect has noticeable shock value and heavy hands when striking blockers, and he can walk them into the backfield. Anchoring is also not a problem for him.

    Additionally, Thompson is an above-average athlete with great range. He has some wiggle to his movement skills at times, which helps him slip through gaps to penetrate as a pass-rusher and make stops behind the line versus running plays.

    His motor is another asset, evidenced by Thompson's ability to explode in short areas to finish and reach ball-carriers.

    Although he would be fine in a 3-4 scheme, Thompson projects best as a playmaking 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense.

Trent Thompson's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Like many high school defensive linemen, Thompson's main problem at this stage is his lack of technique and hand usage.

    He needs to learn how to use his mitts more as weapons, which will make him more dangerous in the trenches. Thompson could also stand to improve his hand placement with his punch.

    Finally, getting more flexible as an athlete would help his agility and movement skills.

Trent Thompson's Sophomore Highlights

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    This clip is a highlight reel of Thompson displaying just about everything mentioned in his scouting report. He shows physicality, strength and quickness throughout this clip, as well as raw skill.

Trent Thompson's Junior Highlights

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    Thompson's junior highlights can be seen in this clip. His ability to anchor at the point of attack, as well his solid ball-location skills, are evident on several plays.

     

Predictions

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    As far as recruiting goes, Thompson has a long list of suitors. However, at this point, Georgia is the prediction.

    The Bulldogs give him the chance to stay in his native state, plus he's a better fit in new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's hybrid scheme than he would have been in former UGA defensive chief Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense.

    Multiple All-SEC teams are in his future.

    Octavia Jones, Thompson's head coach at Westover, told Rivals.com (subscription required): "His motor getting to the ball is among the best I've seen."

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.