Though verbal offers won't translate into written offers for a while, at least as far as rising high school juniors are concerned, they're a good indication of what the future probably holds.
Colin Thompson already has a couple of verbal offers from big-name programs due in large part to his performance at summer camps.
This summer the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect from Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood Catholic attended camps at Pitt and Boston College. The Eagles offered him a verbal scholarship after his performance. He also recently visited Rutgers and he got the same good news from the Scarlet Knights.
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"When I was at Rutgers I was with coach (Greg) Schiano talking for about an hour. He told me they would be offering and he told me about all the school has to offer.
"I spent four days at Boston College camping there so obviously I got close to all the coaches. I've talked to all of them a lot."
Thompson went on to say that "Pitt is going to offer soon," indicating a high degree on certainty on the matter.
Pitt is also showing some interest in Thompson.
When asked what schools might be his favorites Thompson had an answer, though it's early and subject to change.
"I know Notre Dame has some interest in me and obviously I'd be very interested in them. That would be huge for me," he explained. "I like Penn State, also, and Maryland ... schools like that. Florida, too. The biggest schools would obviously be up there."
So far every school has been recruiting Thompson as a tight end, though it is possible that he will eventually grow into an offensive tackle considering his size as only a rising junior.
This fall Thompson will try to attend games at BC and Rutgers.
Last year as a sophomore at Archbishop Wood he caught 13 passes for about 200 yards. Eight of those receptions were touchdowns.