Why be excited: He's the latest in the next wave of elite wide receivers recruited as playmakers for Chad Morris' offense. The Tigers aimed high in their effort to add a fourth wide receiver after Martavis Bryant opted to join Sammy Watkins as an early entry to the NFL. The former teammate of Clemson safety Korrin Wiggins, his signing marks a continued strong Clemson presence in talent-rich central North Carolina.
You may not know: Thompson kept his recruitment a low-key affair from start to finish. He declined interviews at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, and let his performance do his talking on the field. He showed impressive moves in a variety of roles, with the ability to make catches of short passes in traffic, while stretch defenses vertically. He finished the game with five catches, including four for first downs.
How he fits into the depth chart: He'll join fellow four-star recruits Artavis Scott, Demarre Kitt and Kyrin Priester as first-year, competing with Mike Williams, T.J. Green and Germone Hopper for the playing time mix behind Charone Peak and Adam Humphries.
High School: Hillside High, Durham (N.C.)
Coach: Antonio King
Recruited By: Robbie Caldwell, Jeff Scott
Date committed: Jan. 19, 2014 Other Offers: Alabama, N.C. State, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina, California, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, among others
Junior – 1,656 yards rushing, 23 Tds; 600 yards passing, 5 Tds;Senior – 168 carries, 1,517 yards rushing, 12 Tds, 27-52 passing, 471 yards, 4 Tds