Lawnside, NJ | 6030 | 300 | 5.15E | 2018
Mauler-type blocker who displays strength, agility and flexibility. Does an excellent job of getting into the second level and laying a body on a body. Excels blocking in space and is also a strong inside run blocker—possesses the athleticism to play all three interior positions. A fast learner, according to his head coach Kevin Callahan. Calls out the pre-snap reads and makes offensive adjustments at the line of scrimmage. On this day, he showed his toughness, practicing with a broken right hand and was snapping the ball left-handed. Footwork and hand movement is a continuous work in progress. The heart and soul of the Hawks offense; team captain; four-year starter and all-conference standout. Was a New Jersey state champion wrestler in high school. Originally committed to Delaware but reconsidered after head coach KC Keeler was fired prior to his freshman season and transferred to West Virginia, where he was on a wrestling scholarship. Projects as an undrafted rookie free agent worthy of a look due to his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. Worthy of a rookie camp invite and could serve as a valuable backup in the NFL, or possibly compete for a starting job at the CFL.
2016 (Junior): Started all 11 games at center as a junior. Earned First Team All-Big South honors
2015 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games at center. Earned Second Team All-Big South honors. Led the way for all-conference tight end, running back and wide receiver.
2014 (Freshman): Started in 10 games as a true freshman. Helped pave the way for the Big South Leader in All-Purpose Yards in Lavon Chaney.
Before Monmouth: Attended West Virginia University where he wrestled in the Spring semester. Attended Milford Academy for the fall of 2014.
High School: Two-year starter at guard and defensive line under coach Ralph Shaivo at Haddon Heights High School. Helped the Garnets to a 15-5 record and back to back South Jersey Group II playoff appearances as a junior and senior. Named first team all-conference as a senior when he captained Haddon Heights. Earned Lineman of the Year by the Touchdown Club. All-South Jersey Selection. Played nose guard in the Adam Talifereo All-Star Game. Also wrestled for the Garnets, winning a NJ State Title as a junior, earning multiple Wrestler of the Year accolades.
Personal: Son of Arthur and Esther Thompson. Plans to major in business management.