February 21, 2011

Thompson has SEC aspirations

When the first scholarship offer arrived for D.J. Thompson, the wide receiver from Pearl, Miss., wasn't necessarily overwhelmed.

It's not that Thompson wasn't excited about Southern Mississippi's interest. It's just that Thompson has his sights set on the SEC.

"I didn't know what to think," Thompson said. "I guess I was waiting on more offers, so I didn't really worry about it too much."

Thompson has been hearing from several SEC programs, including Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thompson was in Oxford earlier this month for the Rebels' second junior day for the Class of 2012.

"(Ole Miss) is a good football team, a great atmosphere," Thompson said. "I know they have a good program as far as school goes. Basically, it's just a nice school to go to pretty much."

Thompson said he wants to know how much Ole Miss plans to throw the ball under the direction of new offensive coordinator David Lee, as well as "if they'll be able to throw the ball to me and if they're actually interested in me or not."

Thompson has also been looking into the Rebels' in-state SEC foe, Mississippi State.

"They're all right," Thompson said. "They tell me they're going to throw the ball around and there's a good chance I'll be able to come in and help their program out. They said they needed somebody like me, pretty much.

"(Mississippi State) runs a little more than I like, but other than that, I don't know much about them. I don't treat them any differently than anybody else because I don't know too much about them."

Thompson said his very early favorites, in no particular order, are Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia and LSU

"Georgia usually has the best receivers, in my opinion, and Tennessee, I just like their colors," Thompson said, laughing. "That's about all I can say about Tennessee. I don't know much about them."

Thompson, who caught 36 passes for more than 700 yards and 14 touchdowns while recording 30 tackles and four interceptions as a junior, said he wants to gain 10 pounds and increase his strength levels over the next year.

"I believe I have the hands and I have the mentality and all that stuff," Thompson said.

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