Southfield (Mich.) tight end Ron Thompson originally planned to make his college commitment before the start of his senior season, but when that time came the three-star prospect was not ready to decide. Thompson now has a new timeframe for a decision.
"After the season or middle of the season - I'm just trying to get it done as soon as possible," Thompson said.
Several teams have bounced in and out of Thompson's list of favorites, but heading into the fall three schools lead the way.
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"My top three right now would be Syracuse, Illinois and Indiana," Thompson said. "I will probably try to get a visit to Illinois pretty soon. They haven't given me a good time yet, but my coach is supposed to call their coach to set something up."
Visits to Syracuse and Indiana could also be scheduled in the coming weeks. The Hoosiers started to make a move in the last month in part because Thompson has been talking with five-star Indiana quarterback commit Gunner Kiel.
"We have not talked as much since the season started, but I'll probably hear from him again," Thompson said.
Syracuse has been a mainstay on Thompson's list of favorites throughout the summer, and the Orange were the first school he heard from when coaches were able to phone prospects again on Sept. 1.
"The first day I got a call from [Syracuse coach] Tyrone Wheatley, but I've got to hit him back," Thompson said.
The 6-4, 225-pound Thompson led Southfield against RivalsHigh's No. 8 ranked team nationally, Farmington Hills Harrison on Thursday. Southfield dropped that game 28-14, but Thompson was not discouraged by the loss.
"This shows where we fit in," Thompson said. "They are the No. 8 team in the country and they couldn't beat us like people said they would, so I know we're going to have a good team this year."
Southfield coaches are utilizing Thompson at both tight end and defensive end this fall. He has been nursing a hamstring injury for most of the summer, but held up well in a game played in high temperatures on Thursday.
"I've got a little more conditioning in, but other than that I am doing fine," Thompson said.