MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Coaching changes obviously have a large impact on the recruiting world and one in-state change could pay off for the Rebels in their pursuit of 6-foot-3 Pearl receiver D.J. Thompson.
Thompson was verbally committed to Southern Miss prior to coach Larry Fedora taking over the North Carolina gig, and still is a Golden Eagle pledge, although he admitted on Friday he’s “not as firm” as he was.
“I’m still with Southern so far, but I talked to Ole Miss a couple of nights ago and I’m going to see where that takes me and just see about after this game,” Thompson said prior to playing in Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. “I know there’s going to be plenty of coaches there, so just see what happens.”
Thompson plans to take a wait-and-see approach in regard to the Southern Miss vacancy.
“They said they might have the offensive coordinator (Blake Anderson) be the coach, but other than that I don’t really know,” Thompson said. “It would be the same offense, just I’m not sure about the coaching staff. I was real close with that coaching staff, so I might end up somewhere else.
“Who knows what will happen.”
The new Rebel coaching staff wasted no time reaching out to Thompson.
Almost immediately new defensive coordinator, Dave Wommack, contacted the Pearl standout.
“He called me and talked to me and said they like big receivers,” Thompson said. “He asked me if I was interested and you know, of course I told him yeah. It’s the SEC. You can’t pass that down.”
Thompson has no leaders currently.
“I’ll probably (make a decision) within the next month or so, maybe in the next couple of weeks to be honest with you. Just have to see what happens after this game,” he said. “I could probably give you a ranking after this game because you never know, someone else might come in and I might like them and put them at the top of the list.”
Setting up visits
Thompson expects to set up official visits with Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and “probably set up an out-of-town visit, too.”
As a senior this season Thompson led Pearl with 59 receptions, 773 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.
Against Alabama in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, Thompson hauled in one pass for 28 yards. (December 14, 2011, Page 6)