isnt he a saftey though?
Possible 2013 commitment "Might" happen tomorrow (Football)
He's also probably 16. So that leaves a good year to two years for development. He'll be fine I'm sure.
FWIW Rivals has him at 4.53 for his 40 time, not mind blowing by any stretch but for his size it's not half bad.
After watching his video, 4.5 seems more likely. He has decent speed.
On another note, his high school uniform is a little odd. Looks like Ohio's uniform with a ND throwback helmet.
They are Irish, but their colors never were green and yellow, I don't think. I george they were red and black. My sister went there, but 20 years ago.
Now, there are a lot of reasons for that 4.8 to not be representative of his true speed, but lets remember that combine-timed 40s, especially the big ones, are usually laser timed making them much slower than most of the hand time 40s being reported.
Donovan Warran ran 4.7 at the NFL combine, and he was a good corner here. It's possible that, even if Thompson is a legit 4.8 right now, he's in the 4.6-4.7 range by the time he's seeing the field. Sure, we all want corners who can fly, but there is a lot than can make up for pure speed for a cornerback.
Also, try and refrain from comparing 40 times too much. People love to talk about a kid who is a 4.4 or whatever, but there's a reason our Hello: posts have a FAKE 40 section - most of them are. There are only a handful of guys who actually run a 4.4 at the NFL combine, and those are 21-23 year old players with years of college S&C training who are the tops at their positions in the country. So when a HS kid reports a 4.4 or below, take it with a huge grain of salt.
Thanks, had seen a couple of reports with ESPN/247 saying 4.69 and the scout at 4.53. Just not used to seeing that big of a spread of 40s. After looking at the kid's film he certainly looks fast (chasing down a WR from behind after having a big big cushion).
Donovan Warran ran 4.7 at the NFL combine, and he was a good corner here.
Warren also aggravated an ankle sprain prior to the combine.
Why is he deciding so soon? Did he say?