FORT WORTH, Texas – The Nike Camp circuit can reveal several sleeper prospects and relative unknowns. Hollandale (Miss.) Simmons defensive end Carlos Thompson is hardly a sleeper with offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. However, he made it clear that even an offer list of four doesn't quite tell the story of how dominating he can be.
Thompson earned the defensive line MVP award at the camp due to his dominating pass rush off the edge, his quick get-off and his high-energy competitive nature.
"It went pretty good," Thompson said of the camp. "I just came out here and gave it my all. I just wanted it a little more. I wanted people to see me."
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It wasn't an easy trip up the road for Thompson either. He and his parents made the drive from Mississippi lasting over seven hours. Thompson slept most of the way but when he arrived he was wide awake, and he was waking up his competition as well.
"Really I just want to compete against the top offensive lineman and I got a chance to do that and just show my skills," he said.
Thompson certainly got his wish. The TCU camp was loaded with talent on the offensive line, including two Texas A&M commits, one TCU commit, an Oklahoma commit and several others that will be donning BCS level uniforms in 2010. But Thompson was too much for most of them to handle.
"My strengths are my speed," he said. "Being able to get off the ball fast and use my hands."
Along with his four offers, Thompson is hearing significantly from LSU, Tennessee and Stanford. There is one school that he is hoping to hear more from too.
"I'd like to hear from Auburn. I always liked Auburn, always," he said. "My godbrother played there, Quentin Groves."