Junior tight end Colin Thompson of Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa. was in attendance for Notre Dame’s Junior Day last weekend.
“It was a good visit,” Thompson said. “I had a good time meeting the coaches and getting a tour of the campus – it was beautiful – and checking out the facilities. We had a nice dinner, and I got to talk with the players about what it was like to be a football player at Notre Dame and the type of commitment it takes.”
The 6-6, 250-pounder also found out where he currently stands with the Irish after talking with offensive coordinator Charley Molnar.
“The conversation went well,” Thompson said. “He told me I was one of the top tight ends left on their board, and that they’re going to make their decision soon about if they’re going to offer since they’re only going to take one tight end.”
The Irish have always been serious program of interest for the two-time first-team all-Catholic selection and would be in great position should they decide to offer.
“Notre Dame’s always been one of my dream schools,” Thompson said. “I don’t have an offer from them right now, so it’s kind of hard to say where they stand with me, but they’re one of my favorite schools in the entire country. If they offered me, they’d be up near the top of my list.”
Thompson currently has verbal offers from Alabama, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
“I don’t have a top school, or really any favorites, but Alabama, Boston College, Florida and Wisconsin have my interest pretty good,” Thompson said.
The coveted tight end plans to visit Florida and Wisconsin in the near future and could also be back in South Bend soon.
When Thompson does decide to trim his list of schools, he knows what factors will be important to him.
“I want to go someplace where I’ll know succeed academically and on the field,” Thompson said. “I also want to have a good time in college and be able to enjoy myself. My comfort level will be pretty important.”
Thompson starred on both sides of the ball for the 12-1 Vikings during his junior campaign. He caught 15 passes and scored four touchdowns as a tight end on offense and recorded ten sacks and two interceptions as a defensive end on defense.
“I block well at the point of attack, and I’ve always been a hard worker,” Thompson said. “I also move really well for a big guy and I’m a leader on the field. I just love football, and I don’t really care where I play. I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win.”