Sometimes all it takes is one verbal commitment from premier recruit to build a truly special recruiting class.
Defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover) is that type of talent, and he committed to the Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday evening.
Thompson, the No. 3 overall recruit in Rivals.com’s rankings, chose the home-state Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC.
“Georgia, they were my first offer,” Thompson said. “They were the first coaches that came down to see me and showed me the most love. Georgia has great coaches, and I have good relationships with them. The fan base has also showed a lot of love, and I also think that in the classroom Georgia can help me be the best student I can be.”
Thompson becomes the 18th verbal commitment to Georgia’s 2015 recruiting class. His inclusion helps the Bulldogs on two fronts.
First, Georgia keeps the state’s top talent close to home. It’s the second time in two years Georgia has been able to do so after being criticized in previous years for not being able to retain the state’s top talent.
Second, Thompson’s commitment will help build momentum for the Bulldogs on the recruiting trail. Other recruits will want to play alongside the five-star defensive tackle. When a team acquires a top recruit, the program usually see an uptick in recruiting. Thompson’s verbal commitment can help the Bulldogs round out next year’s recruiting class with plenty of talent.
The entirety of Thompson’s announcement can be viewed below…