5 Burning Questions About 5-Star DT Trent Thompson's Recruitment

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 20, 2014

5 Burning Questions About 5-Star DT Trent Thompson's Recruitment

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    Trent Thompson is a 5-star defensive tackle who is simply a monster on the field. As a high-profile recruit, many questions are surrounding the Georgia native's recruitment.

    At 6'4" and 292 pounds, Thompson's first-step quickness and ability to penetrate gaps are his top assets. However, he also has excellent strength, awareness and athleticism.

    With so many questions surrounding Thompson's recruitment, it's time to take a look at the five that people most want to see answered.

Is Florida State Falling Behind?

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    Florida State is a key school in Thompson's recruitment. However, it does appear the Seminoles are slipping back on his list.

    Once considered by many as a standout program in Thompson's recruitment, Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required) reports FSU has fallen back into a secondary group of schools.

    The defending national champions have some room to make up here.

Is Thompson's Mother Actually the Most Important Person in His Recruitment?

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    While Thompson is the player schools are recruiting, perhaps the person coaches will have to win over to land him will be his mother.

    It's always been said coaches should recruit the closest people around the player harder than the actual player, and that seems to be the case with Thompson. His mother has been mentioned as the key person is his recruitment by Wommack (subscription required) of Rivals.com (subscription required) in two separate reports. 

    As far as his recruitment goes, the key to Thompson's heart is his mother.

Does He Prefer a 4-3 or 3-4 Defense?

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    Thompson's game is about quickness and gap penetration. He fits best as a 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

    However, he's such a talented player that he would be fine in a 3-4 defense. The top school on his list that heavily runs a three-man front is Alabama, but that hasn't scared Thompson away from the Crimson Tide.

    "I think I would fit really good in a 4-3 but I think I can play in a 3-4," Thompson told Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required) on May 1.

Is He a Lock for Georgia?

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    Thompson hails from the Peach State and, according to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required), has Georgia as the front-runner in his recruitment.

    Schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and Clemson have a shot, but it honestly would be a surprise if he didn't sign with the Bulldogs. He'll go through the process, but expect Thompson to play in Athens.

When Will He Make a Decision?

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    Although he has a lot of schools after him, Thompson can only sign with one. That means he will have to make a decision at some point.

    The trend today among recruits is to commit early, but many still wait until national signing day. While waiting until next February is a viable option for the 5-star prospect, a decision from Thompson could come sooner.

    He told Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required) earlier this month that he could make a decision as early as the start of this season.

    All recruit ratings, rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.com's composite rankings. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.com, Rivals and 247Sports.

    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.