COVINGTON, La — The nation’s No. 33 running back is committed to Miami, but the three-star prospect couldn’t deny a chance to see LSU up close.
Bentavious Thompson, a 6-foot, 190-pounder out of Miami Southridge High School (Fla.), visited LSU for its spring game over the weekend as he conducted major research for his recruiting process.
Watching the likes of running backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice compete in Tiger Stadium on Saturday had the elite Florida recruit re-considering LSU as an option.
“It was great to watch,” Thompson told SEC Country on Sunday at the Louisiana Bootleggers Invitational Tournament.
“I was worried about the running backs, Fournette and No. 5 (Guice). It was good to watch them.”
With Thompson fixated on LSU’s backfield, he pictured himself in the same position. The three-star back felt he could fit into the Tigers’ offensive scheme, as it bears much similarity to what he runs at the high school level.
“It would be a great fit for me,” Thompson said. “Just the offense that they run — one running back, sometimes they run shotgun — so I think that would be a good fit for me.”
LSU has proven itself to the Miami commit from an on-the-field perspective, but the Tigers still have to show Thompson more in other areas to get him to flip.
LSU’s running back depth chart is of paramount concern, as are the other tailback prospects that the Tigers are courting for their 2017 recruiting class.
“How many other guys are they recruiting in my class,” Thompson said when laying out his most important factors. “How many guys will be in front of me in my class and the class above me. That’s what I’m worried about.”
The LSU coaches will have a chance to sell Thompson on the depth chart and his opportunities to see the field this summer.
The Miami, Fla., native plans to take an official visit to LSU and get a closer look at what the school offers from an educational perspective.
Consider running backs coach Jabbar Juluke an instrumental figure in this process, as he and Thompson just began to get acquainted during the spring game. That bond must flourish in order to get Thompson to seriously give LSU a shot at landing his commitment.
“I want to come back and see the educational part and basically the running back recruiting process,” Thompson said. “(Juluke and I) haven’t bonded yet, but I’m looking forward to getting a good bond. Hopefully, this summer we’ll see what it looks like.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.