With less than three weeks until National Signing Day Georgia is putting together a star-studded 2015 class, but no star shines brighter than defensive tackle Trent Thompson, seen in this video at practices for the Army All-American Game a couple of weeks ago introducing himself to 245 pound, four star tailback Jaason Lewis (an Arizona State commitment).
Thompson had a dominant week of practices at the Army game, drawing rave reviews for his physical play every day. Now that hard work has been rewarded as he has reclaimed the top spot in 247Sports' ranking of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2015.
I rarely expect freshman linemen to play significant time on either the offensive or defensive fronts. The SEC is such a physical league that only two or three players per year really come in and immediately play at a head-turning level. However, Thompson is the exception to that rule. During the Army game he faced double teams on almost every play and still got great penetration. Calling him unblock able would be a bit of a stretch. But at 6'2 1/2 and 313 pounds, Thompson looks physically ready to play SEC ball. He plays with great leverage and has as good a first step as any defensive lineman in the class of 2015. He's neither the biggest or fastest tackle in this class, but his total skill set is very, very impressive.
That's one reason I'm going out on a limb and making a prediction: barring injury Trent Thompson is likely to start at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs by the time of the 2015 World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Part of that is Thompson's obvious talent. But part of it is also a defensive front losing senior starters Toby Johnson and Mike Thornton. Behind them are only rising redshirt sophomore John Atkins, senior Chris Mayes, and redshirt freshman Lamont Galliard, none of whom stood out in 2014. It will also be interesting to see if 6'3, 270 pound Tucker standout Jonathan Ledbetter (who's already on campus) slides inside as well. Jeremy Pruitt's group may be young up front, but the talent is there. Until later.....