What makes you stand out as a future collegiate athlete?
Jakia Thompson is a versatile play maker at RB with excellent receiving skills out of the backfield. He is also being recruited as a safety with explosive tackling ability and high football IQ. In 2017, Jakia carried the ball 108 times for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns, he had 18 receptions for 320 yds and 6 touchdowns. On defense, Jakia tallied 50 tackles, 33 solo, 3 sacks, had one INT, and one fumble return for a touchdown.
Thompson is a jack of all trades player for Monroe Area playing running back, receiver and defensive back. From a pure hitter standpoint the 2019 recruit certainly catches your eye as a safety at the next level. He has an effortless running motion, can really break on the football. He gains momentum right before contact, uses it well to get the advantage on either side of the ball. Thompson shows a lot in terms of being an offensive player too. He plays the game with a ton of effort and will fight to break off tackle attempts. His advanced abilities as a receiver should really catch the eye of a lot of colleges – he looks really comfortable running a number of routes, shows good hip flexibility turning around on a pass and adjusting. Thompson is an all-around good football player. He could continue to develop on the offensive side of the ball, seems to have a knack utilizing his blocks, especially dangerous once he gets to the 2nd level. Right now he looks more like a DB.