In case you missed it, and I declare I don’t know how you would, the Georgia Bulldogs nabbed 5-star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson last night.
The Albany, Ga native thanked his family, his coaches, and spoke of the importance of his dearly departed grandparents during a short speech from Westover’s High School Auditorium—all culminating in a decision that was announced via musical selection. As Thompson shook off the fight songs of the other programs vying for his commitment, he finally landed on the one that Bulldog fans have been waiting to hear for a very long time, “Glory, Glory”.
As for Thompson, he said there was never really any cause for concern:
“Georgia was in the back of mind the whole time,” Thompson said. “I wanted to help get my teammates some exposure but I knew it was Georgia.” [emphasis added]
Georgia was the first school to offer Thompson, following his standout sophomore season, and essentially led wire-to-wire after winning over both Thompson and his family.
“It was a big factor, them being my first offer,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it and I was so excited that I wanted to commit right then. I just had to hold myself and take some other visits, but that was big for me.”
The only time Georgia’s status as his top school was ever in doubt was earlier this offseason, when a shakeup to the Bulldogs’ staff briefly led to Thompson looking harder at other options. But it didn’t take long for the new Georgia assistants to build a relationship with Thompson, ultimately sealing the deal.
“With all the new coaches, they have national championship experience,” Thompson said. “I really think that they can teach me a lot and I’ll be ready to learn. When Coach (Tracy) Rocker came in, he really worked hard on me and I know he’s going to stay on top of me to get better, both on the field and off.” (Woody Wommack, Rivals)
Now the drama is officially over—hopefully—and Georgia fans need only wait until National Signing Day to see it all come together.
Either way, Thompson’s announcement struck quite the chord—both in Albany and across the Bulldog Nation—as he let the world know, once and for all, that he is all Dawg.
“Glory, Glory”, indeed.
(h/t Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)
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