Erroll Thompson has officially become a Bulldog, as the senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Mississippi State next season.
The three-star inside linebacker is ranked as the 15th-best in the nation and the 10th-best player in Alabama. He was one of Mississippi State’s first commits, verbally committing to play for the Bulldogs in July before his senior season.
“I just felt the most comfortable there and at home,” Thompson told 247Sports.com in July. “I’ve pretty much known since last month that I wanted to be at Mississippi State. I love everything about the program and it is a program on the rise. Their plan for me was better than anyone else. Coach (Manny) Diaz, Coach (Billy) Gonzales and Coach (Dan) Mullen were all on me hard and that was another plus. The bonds I have with those three coaches is better than any bond I have with other coaches.”
The 6-foot-2 linebacker out of Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) was playing at 243 pounds midway through his senior campaign, but has since slimmed down to 235.
Thompson had offers from Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisville and Kentucky among others, and though he says the schools have still been courting him, he is “100 percent” committed to Mississippi State.
As a junior, Thompson recorded 112 tackles, six sacks and 10 tackles for loss along with a rushing touchdown on offense. During his senior season, while splitting time at middle and outside linebacker, he had 101 tackles, two sacks and 18 tackles for loss on a team that finished 4-7 on the year.
With starting linebacker Beniquez Brown leaving early for the NFL draft, the Bulldogs could use help in the linebacker corps. Brown was second on the team with 99 tackles, four sacks and 11 tackles for loss last season. Junior Richie Brown had the most tackles on the team with 109, and added 6.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Thompson — certainly big enough size-wise as a high school senior — could see action next season in a linebacking corps that will only have three seniors in 2016.