Catching Up With Dylan Thompson: OSU Offer

By Derek Young on February 13, 2013 at 1:30p

2014 Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic DL Dylan Thompson is one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest.

The 6-5/270 prospect earned a scholarship offer from Ohio State late last week and previously held two offers from other Big Ten schools in Indiana and Illinois.

Thompson hails from powerhouse Montini Catholic Thompson offered by the Scarlet and Gray

With three early offers, Thompson is a recruit that will undoubtedly garner more attention from other college programs.

Having a school like Ohio State pull the trigger could set off a flurry of more offers and programs such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and others have already shown heavy interest.

Thompson not only hails from the alma mater of former Buckeye DT Garrett Goebel, but like other Buckeye targets OT Jamarco Jones, LB Clifton Garrett, RB Mikale Wilbon, OL Brian Allen, and TE Ian Bunting, he works out for the Core 6 Athletes group.

Core 6 Athletes is an organization in the Chicago area that assists in training and development, while also giving athletes exposure to college programs. The group is actually holding a combine in Ohio on Sunday, which the 11W staff will be attending to check out the next great crop of prospects that Core 6 is showcasing.

The Buckeyes seem to be putting more of an emphasis in just about every area of the country, but especially Chicago.

Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is largely responsible for Ohio State's presence in the "Windy City" with it being one of his designated areas.

Vrabel has aided OSU tremendously in the recruitments of Clifton Garrett and Jamarco Jones by building an early relationship with the budding stars. He aims to do the same with Thompson.

Ohio State has zero returning starters along the defensive line for this upcoming season but depth and talent is still not a huge concern.

Four defensive linemen were apart of the 2012 class, and four or five more signed in the 2013 group, depending on the position of the versatile Tyquan Lewis, Donovan Munger, and Billy Price.

With that said, two or three recruits are projected to be added to the front four in next year's class. Urban Meyer enjoys reeling in top targets on the defensive line on a yearly basis and you should not expect that to change in 2014, as shown by Lawrence Marshall's pledge this past weekend.

Join us after the jump for more on Dylan Thompson, how the Ohio State staff views him, and what his visit plans may be. 

Ohio State just offered. What was your reaction and where do the Buckeyes sit early on for you?

I enjoyed the Ohio State offer, and was very excited about it. My plan is to go through this process with a level head and not get too caught up. Every offer is the same and I will do my work to figure out which is the best fit for me.

How did you learn about your offer from Ohio State?

As I had told you previously, I was scheduled to speak with the Ohio State's head coach, Urban Meyer. He assured me that I had an offer to play for them. Coach Meyer informed me I was among the top few recruits they were targeting for the defensive line which is a special feeling.

Are there any visits or camps you plan on attending?

I have a ton of schools I plan on visiting including Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and several others down south. I know I am going to be at Indiana's spring game and I'll visit Ohio State after that sometime. I'm sure I'll get to a NIKE camp and on February 17 I'll be participating in the Core 6 Athletes Showcase in Cincinnati.

What has your relationship been like with the Ohio State staff and others?

Ohio State has been by the school quite a bit and showed that they were very interested in me. Getting the offer from them was a bit of a surprise. It is a staff I am beginning to develop a relationship with. The same goes for schools like Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and others. I'm just enjoying the process at this moment and am grateful for the opportunities.

Is it safe to say that a college decision wouldn't come until much later on?

That is what it is looking like at this time. If I find a school that is perfect for me and wants me to be a part of their program, then great. I'd get it out of the way if it was the perfect situation. I know that I want to be totally sure of my choice. There isn't a set time but I don't think it is near because a lot of schools are showing interest and I want to do everything in my power to make sure I have the correct decision.



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Boxley's picture

What is 11W staffs thoughts on this guy? He seems to be very well spoken.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Alex's picture

Definitely like him and glad OSU got on him early...think he can be real good at DT or on the OL even...moves very well for a big guy and has the frame to put on more weight

dan_isaacs's picture

That's racist, man.

Dan Isaacs

BucksfanXC's picture

Could always use more guys on the front lines. You win games in the trenches.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BrewstersMillions's picture

Yep, we can talk about Percy Harvin until we are blue in the face but if Meyer has a stable of big, not so fat, guys he can toy with, OSU will always be a tough out. It is and will always be a big fella's game.

sharks's picture

Agree with Brewsters- we went sexy this year with skill positions, time to load up on the hogs next time around.

A man got to have a code...

buckeye76BHop's picture

These hogs will be thinner than we've been used to with the Walrus' fatten em up concepts.  I thought OSU's OL looked stellar last year with Ed Warinner...leaner...meaner...and above all faster getting to the second level (hell...did any OL get to the second level besides Nick Mangold or the 2002 OL group???).  And no I'm not kidding about that....even a fan favorite Adams was a good run blocker but still didn't get down field too well.  OSU's line will be great....and I expect that to continue. 
I have a feeling this kid will play Oline...IMO.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

BrewstersMillions's picture

getting to the second level

What Barret Jones did to ND\Te'o in the NC should have been criminal. It seemed like he was snapping the ball while he was already on top of an ND linebacker. That's the mold right there brother. That line there is what makes 3 yard Dave turn into 30 yard pay dirt.

Hovenaut's picture

Amen to that.

As nasty as we want our d-lines, same goes for the o-lines....nasty and into people from the get.

Nick's picture

Jones is no Orlando Pace thats for sure 

Hovenaut's picture

There's only one don't spell pancake without Pace.

And honestly, this offense doesn't have to rely on pancakes. Bodies moved, sealed, negated.....let the speed in the spread work from there.

ARMYBUCK's picture

Seems like a kid thats going to do his homework on the schools rcruiting him and make the right choice the first time.  I can respect that.

otrain2416's picture

man he's a big DL,not exactly easy to throw the ball throw a 6'5 pass rusher with their hands up

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

2002osubuck's picture

Sounds like a great kid and approaching it with the right attitude. I think we take one solid DL to go with Marshall and 1 more DE, this kid could definitely be a terror with that height. I like him and either mustipher to fill that DL spot or both considering either could be OL as well. Lets keep it rolling. Go bucks!

KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

Any relation to Slam Thompson?

Buck Commander's picture     I just seen where Lawrence Marshall just De-Committed from Ohio State??? WTF?????

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Larryp713's picture

I saw somebody on twitter put this in proper perspective... getting worked up over a decommit 12 months before NSD is silly. The recruiting process is very emotional, and a 17 year old kid making an impulsive decision that he wasn't ready for is not unusual. We should support him, wish him well through the process, and if he chooses to fax a letter to Columbus next Feb, I will cheer for him for the rest of my life. If he faxes something to Lansing or AA, I will hope he suffers a thousand deaths, each worse than the one before! Just kidding of course.



osubuckeye4life's picture

This kid looks beastly! I would love to see in S&G. Definitely a need for this class.