For those who come to the site routinely, they might double take at this article, but no, this isn’t déjà vu all over again, it’s a brand new article on the South Forsyth senior. Yogisms aside, Mitchell Thompson has one again finished in the top 3 in our top play vote. That’s now 2 out of 5 weeks the senior has done such a feat (granted South Forsyth has only played 3 games), but this time he was on the offensive side of the football.
Catching a quick screen out to the left on their own 30-yard line, Thompson quickly found defenders closing on him in a hurry. That’s when the senior became a whirling dervish, spinning out of one tackle after another, then juking by a few more. With already a handful of defenders on the ground with nothing more to show but grass stains, Thompson had a clear path towards the right sideline. He hit the jets blowing by the rest of the Lambert defense for a long 70-yard touchdown run.
So far, Thompson has put together an impressive start to the year. He’s already exceeded last year’s offensive output with 336 yards on 17 receptions and 6 touchdowns in just 3 games. Thompson is on track to be one of the leading receivers in all of 7-A at the moment. Add his 102-yard interception, several more long scores on offense too, and Thompson is starting to build a resume as an explosive playmaker to locate on the field at all times.
Right now, the senior is happy to finally be on the field again with his teammates.
“Our season is going as planned; just thankful to have one,” he said.
Obviously the senior has worked a lot over the course of the year, so we asked where he thinks he has improve the most.
“My main difference from this year to last year is my speed and just knowledge of the game from offseason training.”
Colleges will have their pick at what position Thompson fits best. His 5’11” 170 lbs. frame suggest that he would be a good fit as a receiver, especially with the quick-twitch change of direction that he shows on film. The senior confirmed that offense is where schools like him the most.
“I am being recruited as a slot receiver but also start at free safety on Friday nights too.”
His recruitment is wide open at the moment, but has heard from local programs the most.
“I still am very open to any coach that is interested, and have been in touch with local schools this summer and throughout the start of the season.”
Personally, it’s getting hard to ignore the pure playmaking ability of Thompson. He’s obviously highly coordinated, the interception from a few weeks back where he robbed the receiver of the football was good indicator of that, but just in general, his film shows that he has very good hands. That’s not too much of a surprise, Thompson is also a baseball player too, and typically athletes who also excel on the diamond have excellent hands as well.
With it being his last season lacing up for South Forsyth, we asked Thompson what he likes the most about playing on Friday nights here in Georgia.
“The thing I love most about Friday nights is just being out there with my guys and having fun. Not to mention the feeling of crossing the goal line is one of the best feelings ever,” he said.
Well, with 6 touchdowns on offense, and another on defense, Thompson is probably getting used to that feeling. Last week against Lambert he had 5 receptions, 152 yards and two touchdowns. At this point, colleges are going to be forced into recognizing one of the breakout seniors this fall, and we fully expect his recruitment to continue to trend up here.
South Forsyth has started off the year hot on offense averaging right at 53 points per game, and that has propelled them to a 3-0 start. This upcoming Friday they play against Alcovy, and we suspect that it will be another big offensive output for the War Eagles. After that, the road will get a little tougher, but the program definitely figures to be a major player for a region championship, and it’s seniors like Thompson that have helped with the offensive explosion.
We think it’s really just a matter of time before colleges begin to offer Thompson. He is a springy athlete, and after last Friday’s impressive run after the catch, you got to believe his 4.1 shuttle time – he had the Lambert defenders on skates. A lot can obviously can happen the remainder of the fall, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on Thompson and the rest of the players around the state.