Don’t get me wrong…I got chills today, watching the video of super-stud Florida prep safety Lucas Thompson commit on national TV for the Pirates. For the Pirates to get on the short list for a guy who ESPN rates as the 6th best safety in the country is a great accomplishment for Coach Ruff and his staff, but to actually land one of these guys is outstanding.
And, unfortunately, has me wondering if it is for real. No doubt, Thompson committed…we see it on video, but how solid is that commitment if he is still going to take three more visits this month with the last one being to hometown Miami?
Getting the commitment was big and it aligns to what Coach K was saying about this possibly being our best ever recruiting class. I spoke to Lincoln Riley today as well and he echoed the sentiment that this is going to be a special class. We still have a few lines in the water to hook possibly another one or two big fish before it is all said in done (think Imani Cross and Jemal Marcus), but I am concerned about Thompson.
He is currently re-taking core classes to erase previous GPA-impacting courses that have left him, currently with an all-too-tight 2.6 overall, which makes his efforts on the SAT/ACT almost impossible given the sliding scale.
And, there is this point, he has openly stated that he loves the University of Miami. It was previously his number one choice until the U received verbals from 5 defensive backs and received the news that they are likely to be hit with more NCAA sanctions.
This article, written today online at the Orlando Sentinel doesn’t sound so encouraging to me, especially the last paragraph, but he is ours until we hear otherwise.
Stay on him Ruff…don’t let him get away!