Thompson Makes Seven

By Alex on April 2, 2012 at 9:29a
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While many of you (and I) were sleeping, some news I alluded to yesterday broke in the form of the Buckeyes getting the seventh commitment for the class of 2013 in Toledo Central Catholic DB Jayme Thompson.

Thompson (6-2/185) was committed to West Virginia since the beginning of February, but after receiving an Ohio State offer last week decided to make the visit to Columbus to check out what Urban Meyer had to offer and left campus becoming the newest member of the Buckeye family.

Rated as Rivals.com's 13th ranked safety and a four-star prospect, Thompson also had offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and others before flipping from the Mountaineers to Ohio State. He gives OSU the third member of the secondary in this class, joining cornerbacks Cameron Burrows and Eli Woodard, a group that is projected to be among the best in the country for the position.

We will try and catch up with Jayme to get more on his commitment to Ohio State, but for now we once again can enjoy some good news after a rough Saturday night. You can read a bit more about the situation in Jason's Skull Session from earlier this morning, but for those of you too lazy to scroll down please see your future safety's highlight reel below.

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capn's picture

Nice recruiting weekend... Let's do this again real soon...

Capn, Make It So...

TheHostileDwarf's picture

Nice. Not sure I want to see many plays of him tracking down opposing players from behind like you see about halfway through the video, but he looks like a burner and doesn't appear to give up on plays easily. Welcome to OSU, Jayme.

J.Mo's picture

Toledo Central Catholic love!

 

Lost nut in Michigan's picture

Another great athlete from CCHS. Love seeing kids from my almamater go to The OSU

Lost Nut in Michigan

buckeyedude's picture

Whitmer alum here, but like to see kids from Central go to OSU. Maybe he can channel his inner Sanzenbacher and carry the torch for Central at OSU.

 
 

Maestro's picture

Spring Football and recruiting season.  YES!!!!!

vacuuming sucks

costinjr's picture

kids a burner, got some "man-oh-man" speed

Doug Funnie's picture

Always love when we get Toledo kids.  Did you know their is an OSU Mich store in Toledo?  Who will be #8?  Can't wait

Lost nut in Michigan's picture

There was, it closed a few years back

Lost Nut in Michigan

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

It closed on Monroe St but there still is one in Maumee on Reynolds Rd.

buckeyedude's picture

There is a "Buckeye Store and More" in Sylvania, and there is a "Buckeye and Michelin Store" in Maumee on Reynolds Road.

 
 

Alex's picture

his football speed is definitely better than his track speed

Squirrel Master's picture

You defintely see the talent but I am not sure that is a great highlight reel. Watching him chase a muffed punt doesn't get me excited. He really is great at being a run stopper which is what I like seeing as a safety. If this amazing line coming in this year can hold their own against some of the massive big ten olines (wisconsin and UM) then a safety like him could come in and just blow up running plays.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

Saw him run that guy down, I just was amazed to see that speed.

M Man's picture

You realize, I hope, that you've broken the unwritten cooperative law against recruiting players already committed to Southern Big East Big 12 Conference schools.

Squirrel Master's picture

Why do you think Urban let UM get so many recruits so early? It's more fun to steal them later!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeJim's picture

 @ M Man It's blasphemy I tell ya!

bassplayer7770's picture

I believe I read Jayme has only played football for 3 years, and he's improving every year.  Seems to be a player with a high ceiling.

BuckeyeJim's picture

He really plays fast and with good instincts. Needs work on technique but we have the coaches to take care of this.

Was this the same school where Sanzenbacher played?

hodge's picture

Yessir, I remember him single-handedly beating my high school when I was a sophomore.  I also vividly recall Jake Stoneburner knocking us out of the regional finals my senior year.  They used him on bubble screens out of the spread...he was an absolute monster, took the first play 70 yards for a score haha.

BuckeyeJim's picture

Thanks - One of the greatest Buckeyes ever.

buckeyedude's picture

YAISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 

Alex Root's picture

He looks pretty good, looks like he wraps up really well and he is fast! I don't think it really matters for us fans but it doesn't look like he is a big hitter. But I am fine with that as long as he tackles a guy when he is supposed to. I think today so many kids just want to blow a kid up and end up missing the tackle becuase of that.

Squirrel Master's picture

I disagree, he looks more like a big hitter and not so much on the wrapping up. The first play in the highlight shows him lowering his shoulder into the runner knocking him out of bounds. A couple of times he rushed up to stop the run, he hit the guy first then wrapped his arms. He needs to wrap at the initial contact.

I personally like the big hitting by the safety. Linebackers should be the best wrap up tacklers on the defense. A safety should be good at wrapping up, and I think the coaches will teach him how to, but I prefer a safety who has the instincts of when and where to meet the play maker at the point. It is nice if a player can wrap up but it is even better if they can make sure they will get to the guy. Barnett and Bryant just wiffed too many times for me last year. So many times did I see a screen or WR bubble screen and Bryant fly right past him and miss. Then Shazier had to clean up the mess, hence why he was a tackling machine. Same could easily be said about Howard too at the CB. I don't see that being an issue with Woodard and Burrows.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Irricoir's picture

*Posted this in the daily column*

Yeah. You can't teach speed but bad angles and bad tackling are prevailant here, at this moment. I have faith in Meyer's ability to develop talent more so than the Tressel era. I guess if you want the physicality I am talking about and looking for then look at Burger's hilights and Eli Woodard. Those guys bring the wood. Burger lacks speed but I am stoked about Eli, I can't lie. I am not paid to evaluate people but these are just my personal opinions. So if the players in question are reading this, don't think I don't appreciate your commitment or service. Welcome to our team!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

BuckeyeJim's picture

I agree with you about Burger. I can't believe he didn't get a scholly for a D1 school. OSU is very lucky to get him to walk on. He must be very well coached or just have great instincts. He flies to the ball and lays the wood. He reminds me of AJ Hawk. (maybe a stretch but I really like him)

DMcDougal24's picture

He did get a couple D1 offers, but from non-BCS programs. I know that Miami(OH) offered him, plus I think two more small D1 programs.

BuckeyeJim's picture

Thanks for your comment. I just made a bonehead statement about the D1 offer and thinking about BCS schools.

Denny's picture

AJ Hawk was a three-star recuit.

/obligatory

Taquitos.

BuckeyeJim's picture

Agree, but he just doesn't seem to be getting the respect he deserves.

Irricoir's picture

The thing I love about that kid is the way he drives through the lead blocker or deflects them. He fills the gaps and when he hits someone they get driven backwards or immediately to the ground. If he can develop the speed Urban is looking for, he earns a scholarship.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

GABuckeye's picture

I hope everyone is happy - 5/7 recruits are from Ohio so far.....  I personally don't care, but I know how some people have been wanting more Ohio kids.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I've avoided this website like a plague since Saturday night but it's great that while I'm being a stubborn fan you guys are still doin the damn thing..

Just like any other normal fan would, I woke up Sunday and put on my Braxton jersey to switch my mind to football.
O-H!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

bassplayer7770's picture

I-O!

April 21st can't come soon enough.

buckeyedude's picture

Amen to that! Going to spring game with a caravan of Buckeye fans from Toledo. The week after I get back from Florida. I'm jacked.

 
 

Ahh Saturday's picture

I guess I'll be the one to ask.  Don't want to seem greedy, but are we likely to see another commit in the next couple of days, or is that it from the big weekend?

rampageripster's picture

I don't think we see any commits til the spring game (though that could change, Elliots commit was kinda out of nowhere even though this was his second visit)... But I expect a flurry starting at the spring game.  This class is gonna fill up FAST this summer (a lot of offers becoming commitable at camp) and we'll probably only have a handfull (3-4 tops) spots left as we get into fall and we work on some of the really big fish (Foster for example)

Cause I couldn't go for three

danavh4's picture

As a long time Buckeye fan I hate to be negative but I don't see it here.  Yes, he's fast...but he hit's high, doesn't wrap, uses speed because he's out of position and quite frankly if these are the best plays for his hgihlights...wow.  How does a 20 yd. return out of bounds make a College recruiting highlight film?  With limited scholarships I don't understand this one especially so early in the game for 2013.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

That's fine if you don't see it here, the staff, who know what type of players they want for their schemes and have evaluated Thompson in a much more in-depth fashion, does see "it" with him, which is all I need to know. Also, per Rivals, Thompson is the 13th ranked S and a Top 150 kid, meaning he ain't exactly a red headed stepchild, if you know what I mean.

 

I like this pick up, and this is an OH kid that I didn't know was going to be in the picture this early, but I'm more than fine with it. When scUM was getting OH kids, ppl were complaining that the staff needed to emphasize OH kids more, and now that they take another OH kid, ppl are saying they think it might be a reach. Just goest to show you that in life, you can't please everybody. 

Go Bucks! O-H!

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

 
Squirrel Master's picture

I think the issues that you stated, and I agree, can be corrected issues. He has the talent! Urban probably sees it and thinks the technical mistakes can be fixed. As I pointed out previously, what I saw was a safety that knew when to meet the opposing play maker and get the big hit. Those instincts are not taught and I believe this kid has that.

Now as a kick returner, I don't think he would be that good. Nothing in those highlights showed me he would be good at that. He could be very good on coverage team with his speed and that instinct.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckeyedude's picture

I don't know for sure, but there was another kid out of Central Catholic that didn't set the recruiting world on fire, and he ended up being one of the favorite Buckeyes players ever for fans.

What'shisname?

 
 

buckeye76BHop's picture

Good news and great flip of an in-state player.  Go Bucks!

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TheBadOwl's picture

I agree, he has bad technique. But with his physicality and speed give me hope here. From what I've heard, he's only been playing football for three years. He's got a VERY high ceiling.

I think he'll get these issues ironed out, he is very inexperienced. He'll be a stud.

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rampageripster's picture

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Cause I couldn't go for three

btalbert25's picture

If he has infact only played football for 3 years, that would explain a lot of the bad technique.  The kid is a top 150 player already.  If it's true he's only played 3 years, I would expect since he's hit the national recruiting scene here he'll be taking part in some camps this summer to improve his game.  Maybe after his senior season we'll be talking about a top 5 position player who ends up in the top 50 high school players in America.  This could end up being a tremendous committ that come signing day will have us saying, how the hell could anyone have doubted this kid?

 

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Also, here are just some additional videos that show a little more of Jayme Thompson: 

Jayme Thompson Football HL...Class of 2013...Free Safety / Kick Returner...66" Jump Included!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Xl-badmh4

Jayme Thompson Defensive Back Toledo Central Catholic Class of 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z11BtoE-9nM&feature=relmfu

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

 
Squirrel Master's picture

That first video basically sums up the video on the original post. He is fast but not breakaway fast. Very explosive. He finds good angles and makes good contact on his hits. 66'' vertical is such a BS typo. 36'' is still not bad. His punt returns still don't excite me. He let so many of them bounce in front of him, albeit bad punts, but he won't have time to do all that in college.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Jdadams01's picture

He won't be returning kicks in college.

buck-I.8's picture

He definitely looks like an amazing raw athlete, so I have faith that with technical training, he can be a much better football player, rather than majorly a runner/jumper. I'm not sure I understand why he was given the chance to commit so early when it seems he would've committed at any point, especially considering we'll be hosting Bell and Cravens, and still are in pursuit of Thomas.

Irricoir's picture

The only thing I can think of is Urban loves speed.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Jdadams01's picture

The fact that he's only been playing organized football for three years is surprising. The kid has the athletic tools that you can teach and seems to be a willing learner: watch the film from his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. He's improved each year. If he can continue to learn the technique for a safety, he's got the ability to be a real contributor.

btalbert25's picture

That's what I'm saying 3 years and he's already a Rivals 4 star top 150 player?  WOW.  Give him a year of summer camps and feed back about stuff he should work on, and his Senior Season this kid could be a monster.  If he ends up an early enrollee that would probably help him quite a bit too.  If you can say a 4 star top 150 player is a diamond in the rough, this kid may be quite a diamond in the rough.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

See ball - destroy anything carrying ball!!!

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ThirdLegLouie's picture

Great article on The OZone talking about Thompson for those that haven't seen it:

http://theozone.net/recruiting/2012_13/Thompsoncommit.html

 

 From the article:

"He's a hitter with pretty good size. He's probably a free safety, but I think he can play corner with some work. He's going to get faster, he's a competitor. He's got a lot of self-confidence. He could also play closer to the line of scrimmage and be a strong safety if that's what they want him to do." -  John McCallister [emphasis added]

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

 
osubuckeye4life's picture

I llike the commit (nice to see it's a flip too hehe) It seems from the above posters this is a very atheletic kid with some raw talent.  Three years playing football and already a 4 star Rivals top 150?!?! Not to mention Urban Assault sees that this kid fits the team. 

 

Welcome to OSU Jayme!

Thanks Alex.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Too many fans here are not trusting Meyer and his staff. Have some faith in them, will ya? If you you think you're damn better than they are in evaluating players and coaching them, then why aren't you on the coaching staff of The Ohio State University football team? Or are you all still harboring the hate from years ago when he put a beat down on the Buckeyes to win the BCS title game? If so, then get over it.

BuckeyeJim's picture

Don't get these two Jim's mixed up. I love Urban and I like all the comments posted. :)