Badgers Monitoring Thompson

Badgers Monitoring Thompson

With Wisconsin roughly halfway done to completed its 2012 recruiting class, the Badgers used their two high school camps to start offering and targeting 2013 prospects. One of the players the Badgers are keeping tabs on is Toledo defensive back Jayme Thompson.

MADISON - Jayme Thompson - a 6-foot-2 defensive back in the 2013 class out of Toledo, Ohio - has been busy the past two weekends. This weekend, Thompson is attending Ohio State's football camp after he was in Madison attending Wisconsin's camp last weekend.

"The Wisconsin camp went really well for me and I stuck out to the coaches at the camp last weekend," Thompson told Badger Nation. "They were looking at me as more of an athlete instead of just as a defensive back. I received a lot of coaching tips from the coaches compared to some of the other players at the camp. I worked with the wide receivers for one session on the last day. Coach DelVaughn Alexander watched me during 7-on-7 as a wide receiver and I had two touchdown receptions."

Thompson showed off his speed running a 4.53 40-yard dash at Wisconsin's camp. He also was able to practice in front of the Wisconsin coaches at his primary and favorite position defensive back.

"I would be willing to change positions if it got me on the field, but I would prefer to play defensive back in college and I would like to return punts," Thompson said.

Being recruiting by wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, Thompson says the two have a good relationship not only with one another, but Alexander and Thompson's father have bonded, too.

"I've been talking with him since the beginning of May of this year," Thompson said. Not only do I have a good relationship with him, but he left an impression on my dad (at camp)."

Thompson performed well at the camp, but Wisconsin's coaches are waiting to offer until after Thompson takes his ACT in September.

"I'm taking prep classes this summer to get prepared in order to get a good score," Thompson said.

If Wisconsin eventually does offer Thompson, the offer would rank pretty high with Thompson.

"Wisconsin would be in my top two schools along with West Virginia," Thompson said.

Thompson is at Ohio State's camp this weekend and is going to West Virginia's camp on July 30. Besides Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma and West Virginia showing him interest.

"I've been receiving interest from Oklahoma recently. They wanted me to come down to their football camp last weekend but I couldn't because I was at Wisconsin's camp," Thompson said.

When top high school football prospects go to these camps, not only are they trying to get offers but also to work on their game and hear from college coaches what they should be working on.

"I want to improve on my technique as a defensive back and I want to show the coaches I go 100 percent at all drills," Thompson said. "Also to get coaching so I know what I would need to improve on in order to become a better football player."

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