Catching Up with Jayme Thompson: Committed

By Alex on April 14, 2012 at 6:00a
Country Roads? Heck no!Thompson already wears the right colors

The Ohio State recruiting class of 2013 is now at eight members strong. Before Marcus Baugh "shocked the recruiting world" and became number eight, the latest player to pull the trigger was Toledo Central Catholic DB Jayme Thompson, who committed to the Buckeyes just days after receiving an offer from the coaching staff.

Thompson originally committed to West Virginia back on February 2 and thought he was set to be a Mountaineer, but once the Ohio State offer came through, thoughts of playing a little closer to home crept into his mind and the opportunity to join Urban Meyer's quest to bring the crystal ball back to Columbus could not be denied.

The 6-2/185 Thompson became the third defensive back, and first safety, committed to the class, joining cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Eli Woodard. The trio forms an outstanding secondary class for Everett Withers to bring along in a couple of seasons, as all three are rated as four star players by at least one scouting service.

We caught up with Thompson to hear why he switched from WVU to the Bucks, how Urban Meyer closed the deal on his commitment, what he thinks about people who criticize his speed, and more. Join us after the jump to hear more about one of the newest members of the Buckeye family, Jayme Thompson.

You committed to West Virginia on February 2. Why did you originally decide to commit to the Mountaineers?

I had a really good relationship with the coaches. They recruited me hard and I build really good relationships with the staff, especially the recruiting coordinator. When I went there I loved the campus and saw they had great fan support. It felt like a really good fit at the time.

Although you were committed to WVU you still were being recruited by Ohio State. Were you always a Buckeye fan? How did Ohio State start recruiting you?

I actually always wasn't a Buckeye fan. I am originally from Washington DC and grew up somewhat of a Miami Hurricanes fan. I didn't like football all that much growing up though and started only playing when I was in ninth grade. As for OSU, they started recruiting me last summer, between my sophomore and junior seasons. I went to camp there and had a really good camp. I spoke to Taver Johnson a lot, but then he left for Arkansas and I lost touch with the staff a bit. Shortly after I committed to West Virginia, we started talking again and I arranged a visit there to check things out. I went on my visit there and met Urban Meyer, while also seeing some of the academic things, but didn't have an offer. A few days later Coach Meyer called me and told me I had an offer to Ohio State and that he wanted me back on campus ASAP.

After you got that offer you came back to Columbus for a second visit. Tell us how that went and what you did on that visit.

Yeah, we went back that following Saturday. I watched practice and it was the first day of hitting so it was really intense. I met Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliott, and some other recruits while I was there, which was cool. I ate lunch with Coach Withers and had a meeting with Coach Meyer before I left for about 30-45 minutes

What did Coach Meyer say to you during that conversation? 

Coach Meyer just wanted to know where I stood with West Virginia and where Ohio State stood in my mind. He went over the plan if I were to choose to come to Ohio State and told me they were only taking two safeties due to the limited scholarships for my class. He gave me a timetable to commit because they can only take two safeties and let me know he wanted me to decide by summer, before camps, so they could get a look at some other players at the position if I didn't choose OSU. I committed right then and there. I didn't plan on doing it right that second, but everything just felt right. The football program is outstanding and the school is the perfect distance away from home.

What was the reaction when you committed?

Coach Meyer was extremely excited and gave both my dad and me a hug. We took pictures with him and then Coach Withers came in and got the good news. He was really excited too and we had a long talk after about what they expect from me and how they plan to use me. Coach Meyer is an awesome recruiter, but Coach Withers is a really great recruiter as well and he did a great job with me. He told me I wouldn't be redshirted if they could avoid it because they are going to need help at safety once I come in. They said I can be a safety that can play in space and also cover offensive players one-on-one.

What did you like so much about Ohio State?

I really like the direction in which Coach Meyer is taking the program. They have one of the best programs in the country with the best facilities in the country. I really liked the academic side of things well and the people that are there. I plan on majoring in either communications, television journalism, or African-American studies, and got to talk to some academic counselors there about those opportunities which was great.

So are you completely done with your recruitment now?

Yep, I'm 100% Buckeye. I won't take any more visits or anything like that. I can really tell since I committed to Ohio State that people realize my recruitment is shut down. I used to get 20 letters a day from various schools and that's not happening anymore now that people realize I'm definitely going to Ohio State.

It must have been hard to tell West Virginia of your decision. How did they take it?

Yeah, I called them on my way back home from Columbus. I wanted to make sure they knew before any writers or reporters did and it got back to the public, because that would have been disrespectful to them if they found out that way. I wanted to go out with class, so I called them and naturally they were upset and mad. I was one of their only commits and they weren't really letting a lot of people commit so I understand where they are coming from. I was one of the higher rated players they were recruiting and they recruited me hard, coming to my school every other week. In the end though, I had to do what was best for me and my future.

You mentioned Jalin Marshall and Ezekiel Elliott. Did you get to talk to any other recruits in the class?

I spoke to Jalin and Ezekiel and then also Billy Price and Eli Woodard. My father and Eli's father spoke about us possibly getting together this summer and going through some work outs together which would be cool. I am going to be at the Spring Game next weekend and I'm actually missing my prom for it. I hope to meet a lot of the guys in our class there, as well as other players who could end up in our class.

What are your strengths on the football field? What are some things you need to work on?

My strengths lie in attacking the ball carrier. I pride myself every play on giving it all and getting to the ball as fast as I can because anything can happen if you get to the ball. Sometimes because I am overly aggressive I have poor technique. I definitely can get better at my technique.

I have seen people criticize your speed. What do you have to say about that?

I don't think my speed is a problem at all and have been consistently clocked at around 4.5-4.51, so that is legitimate. I know that talk came from a bad Nike camp I had. I don't like to make excuses, but it was hard to get warm that day when I was in and out of talking with reporters and doing interviews before I had to go perform. It was also laser timed, which traditionally is a slower time, but as I said I am not going to make excuses. I was thinking about going to a bunch of camps to prove my speed to people, but in the end all that matters is what the coaches think, especially Urban Meyer. He's a pretty good evaluator of talent [laughs].

Finally, you are from Toledo Central Catholic, the same school Dane Sanzenbacher came from. Have you spoken to Dane at all?

I actually have not. My coach and I tried calling him, but we couldn't connect. We plan on getting in touch with him soon. I will likely catch up with him this summer at some point though, as he is coming back to our high school to work out.



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Abe Froman's picture

Probably a commitment based on emotion. Hopefully, he sticks with it. His tape isnt necessarily eye-popping and I am sure if you put some of my high school tapes to some hard core rap or rock, I might look pretty sweet. That being said, the coaches rate these players on much more than a tape and we have all seen 3 stars turn into great players so hopefully JT keeps his nose clean with his eyes on the prize.

After all, we Buckeye fans reward players that work hard with results as much if not more to those that that don't work as hard or aren't perceived as such.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

ThirdLegLouie's picture

The sausage king of Chicago has some high school tapes?

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

Abe Froman's picture

A thinner self. Probably due to my lower intake of fine bacon laden sandwiches. Seriously though, I did wrestle, played football and track. However, track was more to just see the girls.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

DMcDougal24's picture

While I agree it seems like a commitment based on emotion, this guy seems to be all Buckeye. I'm not worried aobut him sticking with it.

bukyze's picture

Classy move wanting to make sure WVU found out about his decommitment from him first.  Sounds like he might be able to help with recruiting at the spring game.  Welcome aboard, Jayme!

pcon258's picture

yea that mustve been an awkward conversation. classy move, but a tough thing for the wvu coaches to handle, but such is life. 

Jdadams01's picture

Good kid. The key with him is to remember that he's only been playing for three years. He has the natural instincts and athleticism that the coaches are looking for. As he said, his technique is what needs the most work and Withers will be able to help him there.

NolanFickas01's picture

Although his film does not compare to that of Bell, Cravens, or Thomas...I trust Meyer's judgment.You have to take into consideration that Thompson only has 3 years of football under his belt so he is very raw and has a high ceiling. Bad Technique is correctable so I am not worried about that. I do love his physicality and his ability to get to the ball.

gravey's picture

That other "slow" kid from Toledo Central Catholic turned out pretty good.  Let's hope this kid is just as slow and un-talented!


FutureBuckeye's picture

Living in Toledo, & going to Whitmer, I got to see Jayme play a lot. As he stated in his interview, his technique does need work. He over pursues a lot & misses plays. However, like previous posters have stated, he has only played 3 years. He also has his senior season to improve. Coach Whithers will definitely help improve technique, & Jayme could be a very good player. I love how physical he is & how he is not afraid to step up & pop the ball carrier. Best of luck to you Jayme!

Shock-G's picture

I've seen Jayme play probably a half a dozen times or so ... the kid has that it factor and he's a lot of fun to watch. Glad to see him become a Buckeye!

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

buckeyedude's picture

This means very little to me Schooey.

Most of that money that is spent on recruiting, I would think, is for the recruiter's travel expenses(plane tix, hotels, car rentals, food, etc.). 

OSU benefits from a large pool of in state talent, and most of the players come from the Greatest State in the nation. Plus, Ohio State doesn't have to recruit as much because of the panache that getting a letter from it, has.

Conversely, if say a recruiter from Nebraska has to fly to Ohio just to visit a kid, the travel expenses can be large.

Location, location, location. Florida, Texas and USC benefit from the same things as OSU.



BuckNut1070's picture

Welcome to The "SILVER BULLETS" Jayme!! You made a great decision!! GO BUCKEYES!!



"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium."  ~Woody Hayes~

buckeyedude's picture

Alright baby! Got another Toleodoan to pull for on the Buckeye football team!

And for those of you not impressed with his stats, you're probably the same people that were not impressed with Dane's stats either. So shush.



corveyer's picture

Jayme looks really "slow" at around 3:30 in his video. Obviously kidding, congrats Go Bucks!