Bryce Thompson, one of the top 2018 athletes in the state, is the latest edition to the South Carolina recruiting class for that cycle.
Thompson, who’s from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., posted the news on Twitter.
— Bryce Thompson (@thommybry) December 13, 2017
This week, Thompson is in Spartanburg preparing for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game. Last weekend, he was on campus at South Carolina for his official visit.
“I had a great time. My host was JaMarcus King, and we just talked ball and had a great time,” Thompson said of the official visit. “He just told me everything, his process coming to Carolina and why he was at Carolina. I really appreciated that. He was just telling me a whole lot of DB stuff and stuff I need to know to get on the field quicker, so that really helped. I appreciated that.”
Thompson profiles as a nickel or a cornerback on the Gamecocks defense, but he could also work at wide receiver. According to the 247Sports composite, he’s the No. 38 athlete in the Class of 2018.
A former Virginia Tech commitment, Thompson also fielded an offer from North Carolina State, before de-committing from Hokies in June. That pledge lasted about a year.
Academically, Thompson fell into trouble, and there was concern whether or not he would be able to qualify. But he’s good to go now. After holding up his end of the bargain, South Carolina’s coaches were ready to accept his commitment.
“It just makes me think, I wish I had done that when I first started (high school),” Thompson said, earlier this week. “But I think this journey helped me mature a lot. I really do appreciate it. I just hate that it happened, but it all works out in the end.”