Luke Fickell and the Cincinnati Bearcats return to a familiar location for 10th member of Class of 2022 when Jonathan Thompson commits to the Bearcats. The 6-foot-2,215-pound linebacker will bring absurd athleticism to the second level of defense and hailed from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, OH.
There are many different ways to get hired, but everything seemed right when it came to choosing Thompson. In the same way, the staff took the right steps every step of the way
“I always tried to introduce myself in their defense. I watched their movie the whole time and they kept talking to me and showing a lot of love. The zooms where I could see the facilities and everything just helped. I felt like it was the place for me. “
Hearing the word “zoom” in the context of recruiting would definitely confuse some people a few years ago, but it seems like the Cincinnati employees really knocked that aspect out of the park.
“You did a great job with the zooms. They introduced the people who control all academics, and after that, I met the strength trainer. He broke everything down for me about lifting and all that, “Thompson continued.” Meeting with Coach Tress and talking to my parents helped me a lot. It was a great feeling to see the rooms where we would work for the school and facilities, meet everyone and know everyone who is part of the staff. It contributed to my commitment. “
The mention of new defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Mike Tressel shouldn’t go unnoticed. It seems like Tressel and a few other coaches had the greatest influence on Jonathan’s decision.
“My husband Pat (Lambert) turned to me a lot and when Coach Tressel walked in, he immediately hit me and showed love. I’ve talked to him and Coach Fick since then. “
Thompson had more to say about his approach to learning more about Tressel and how he thinks he fits into his defense.
“I looked up a couple of games in Michigan and looked up Coach Tressel’s story. I’ve always talked about it and thought about it a lot. What he said to me when we had a private zoom and his defensive breakdown showed me he is a great coach. “
Of course, the headmaster had just as much influence on blocking an obligation in this one. Familiarity really takes on another level when you understand that at Luke Fickell’s high school alma mater right now, Thompson is a stellar soccer player.
“Coach Fick tells me the same thing as Coach Tressel. How well I would fit in with their defense and how much they want me. My connection with him since he was a stallion like me has been strong. “
Ty Van Fossen is another player who is currently on the DeSales team. Although Thompson said he didn’t know him that well, he heard a lot about him. Much like Van Fossen, Jonathan flies to football and always seems to play big games. Some of this could have to do with the fiery Thompson star not only playing on the defensive side of football, but also on the offensive side when he’s running back.
“I see the field as I walk back. Whenever I chase a rewind, I think about what I would do in that situation. I play from that. After walking back all my life, my view of defense and offense has improved. That helps a lot, “continued Thompson.” My athleticism and also how I study the game. I study the game and watch a lot of soccer so I learn new things every day. “
A player who has played all over the field and has a desire to watch movies tirelessly to improve is the perfect complement to the booming Bearcats. His tape pops and his 72 tackle, 31 tackle for loss, 8.5 sack, 5 interception, 690 rushing yard and 6 rushing touchdown junior season made him Columbus Dispatch Metro Defensive Player of the Year.
– Jonathan Thompson? (@ JThompson_03) December 18, 2020
While staff currently want him to play the middle linebacker and flash off the edge, Thompson has more than proven he can influence the game in a variety of ways. That should translate right away for the Bearcats, where Jonathan will be the sixth commit from the state of Ohio. Staying home didn’t mean much to him, the most important thing was the connections with the class and staff.
“I talk to Big Shep a lot. I’m talking to Tyler Gillison and CJ Doggette. You are my boys. I didn’t care if it was in an out-of-state state or not. College and the love of the coaches and understanding of everything make me think I made the right choice. “
Luke Fickell and the Bearcats staff are sure they made the right choice.