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Thompson visits childhood favorite

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Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic class of 2013 defensive back Jayme Thompson lives just 45 minutes from the University of Michigan's campus, but Saturday's home contest against Purdue was his first recruiting visit to their campus.
"It was really nice and I am actually going back up there for the Ohio State game because I didn't get to go through the tour," Thompson said. "I enjoyed the game atmosphere and all of that. Michigan was my favorite team when I was little, growing up in Toledo. The seats were great and I have never seen that many people in a stadium. "
Thompson's team had practice on Saturday morning, so the junior safety was unable to arrive at the stadium early for the noon kickoff and speak with the coaches.
"Coach [Jerry] Montgomery, we talk on Facebook a lot and he asked how I liked it and said he wants to get me back down there," Thompson said. "I sent them my mid-season highlight tape and he said the defensive backs coach liked it a lot."
The 6-2, 184-pound Thompson already holds an offer from Bowling Green, and is hearing from schools all across the country. He listed Tennessee and West Virginia as two
"West Virginia, I talk to them every day," Thompson said. "I talk to Coach [Jake] Spavital and Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh; they both recruit up there. They were going to wait until after the season [to offer] because they were going through a lot of stuff with the Big 12."
Thompson has the size of a safety and could play that position in college, but he also has the speed and coverage skills to possibly play cornerback at the next level. He is receiving interest for playing both positions in college.
"A lot of teams want to see my at camps this year because they want to see my coverage skills," Thompson said. "My coach uses me in the box, back at safety or at cornerback sometimes. I like them all and would be good with either position."
Thompson's Central Catholic team dropped their regular season finale on Friday to Toledo Whitmer, but finished the season 7-3 and will host Olmsted Falls this weekend in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs.
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