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New schools entering race for Thompson

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Three-star tight end Ron Thompson transferred schools in the off-season and now is part of a Southfield (Mich.) High team that is rolling through their regular season schedule. The 6-4, 230-pound Thompson played a big role in the Bluejay's 34-31 win over Rochester Adams Friday night.
"The game was pretty much back and forth," Thompson said. "They took the lead with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, then we drove down and scored the winning touchdown.
What Thompson left out of that commentary was that he was responsible for the winning score, catching a 21-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 remaining to put his team on top for good. That was part of an outstanding statistical evening for Thompson, who finished with nine catches for 125 yards and three receiving scores for the game.
"I'm feeling more comfortable with my quarterback and things are starting to click," Thompson noted.
Thompson's performance on the field this fall has been complemented by an increase in recruiting attention from a couple schools. One of those is Cincinnati, where his teammate Leviticus Payne is already committed. The other is Illinois, which offered late in the summer.
"Illinois and Cincinnati just came into the mix," Thompson said. "The game that me, Leviticus Payne and Brandon Watkins were trying to plan was when Cincinnati played West Virginia (Nov. 12)."
Illinois assistant coach Keith Gilmore is recruiting Thompson for the Illini, which are taking a different approach to recruiting Thompson than other schools.
"At first they wanted me for d-end and they are still on that side of the ball," Thompson said. "To me, it doesn't really matter what side of the ball I am on."
Thompson also plans to take a trip out to Illinois, which will likely be an official visit. He has not set any official visits yet, but is starting to plan where he wants to take his trips.
"My coaching staff, my parents and I have been trying to set up officials with Cincinnati, Syracuse, Indiana, Toledo and Illinois too," Thompson said.
Syracuse has long been a strong contender for Thompson's services. Indiana started to become a player this summer. Hoosier's assistant coach Brandon Shelby is Thompson's primary recruiting contact in Bloomington.
"I haven't been hearing from them a lot," Thompson said. "On the first day that they could call me they called, and I've called down there. Basically, now that they have a good quarterback [commit], they are just trying to put some pieces around him to get that offense straight."
Thompson tries to touch base with each of the coaching staffs recruiting him at least once a week in an effort to strengthen those relationships. His recruitment is playing second fiddle to Southfield's 2011 season, however, and Thompson's primary focus is on extending their current 4-1 record.
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