The days of summer are upon us. The faint of heart stay inside during the peak hours of the heat but if you're a high school football prospect you are usually working out in some form or fashion. If you're like Dylan Thompson you're at football camp trying to catch the eye of a potential coach who may extend you a scholarship offer. Thompson is a standout quarterback prospect for the Boiling Springs Bulldogs and he's in ACC country this week doing his best to impress college coaches.
Thompson spoke about the past couple of days as he's been in ACC territory. "I actually attended Duke's 1 day camp this weekend and had an excellent day. The coaches said they were very impressed. We also tested there too. I ran a 4.73 second 40, had a 31" vertical, and a 4.41 short shuttle. Coach Jones who recruits South Carolina for Duke took me and a few other guys on a tour around campus. I got to see Cameron Indoor which was big for me. I enjoyed the camp and the coaches said they were impressed with my speed and arm strength. I am at North Carolina right now through Wednesday. Their coaches said they are excited about the fact that me and two of my teammates are here. My offensive guard Tyler Phillips who is being recruited by everyone is here along with Austin Crowe, a safety. Coach Shoop, the QB coach from UNC talked to me a little while back and said he is looking forward to working with me and seeing if I can fit into their program."
The strange thing is that Thompson wasn't playing quarterback for the first 6 weeks of the season last year. "I played receiver up until week 6 and had 18 catches for 467 yards. My stats at quarterback were 714 yards passing, 276 yards rushing, with 9 total touchdowns in 5 games at quarterback."
The late transition already has piqued the interest of a number of D1 schools early on for Thompson. "So far I've heard from Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Colorado, Princeton, and Dartmouth." Still a few of those schools have been implying a heavier recruiting scheme in regards to Dylan. "I would say Kentucky, Auburn, Clemson, and Duke are recruiting me the hardest right now."
Given that he is gettin so much attention Thompson says he doesn't necessarily feel like anyone is close to offering yet. "No sir, nobody is close to offering at this point. A lot of schools want me to come to camp before they make that big of a decision. Also, I think I will have to have a big junior year for the offers to roll in big time."
Despite just 5 games at quarterback Thompson feels he's got some tools to work with in trying to get to the next level. "I feel that I am mobile and have a strong arm. I am also an emotional leader." All of which are definitely tools that college coaches covet in signal callers in this day and age. We asked Dylan to reflect on his best games as a quarterback last year and despite only having 5 to choose from he replied, "My best game was versus Mauldin when I had 201 passing yards, 96 rushing yards, and 2 TD's. The stats aren't impressive but it was a game where we had to win to get in the playoffs and I tried my best to help my team win. My second best game was versus Sumter in round 1 of the playoffs. I threw for 221 yards and a TD and ran for 83 yards and another TD."
As he continues to try and impress college coaches on the camp circuit Dylan also has set some personal goals for himself heading into his junior season. He wants to help lead Boiling Springs deep into the playoffs but also has some statistcal marks that he can accomplish along the way while racking up wins for the Bulldogs. "I want to pass for 2500 yards and 20 touchdowns and rush for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns."
When looking for inspiration at his quarterback position there is one player that really stands out for the 2010 prospect. "I have watched hours of film on Tim Tebow. I look up to him in many ways he is a great Christian role model as well as a great football player."
Still early in the process Dylan has a list of his early favorites in regards to schools. "I like North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and Notre Dame." He has been putting in extended hours in the weight room as well. "I've been hitting the weights hard. My maxes are shooting up."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on 2010 prospect Dylan Thompson after he returns from camp at North Carolina and continues his workouts through the summmer.
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