Senior DL Football Star Blake Thompson From Clay Weighing Serious Next Level Options
Senior DL Football Star Blake Thompson From Clay Weighing Serious Next Level OptionsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact@GoMVB.com
Green Cove Springs, FL: What a difference a year makes, If may sound like a cliché, but Blake Thompson is here to tell you it rings true. One year ago, the Clay High School (Fla.) defensive lineman was coming off a monster season as a junior, leading the team to a 7-4 mark, while earning every accolade in the land, including Defensive Player of the Year in Clay County. A year later, after realizing he had a torn labrum and had to endure a turbulent/injury filled senior year, he is a potential Division 1 talent in the middle of prime recruitment period. Right now, he has been offered scholarships to play at Bethel College in Tennessee, Webber International University in Florida and Minot State University in North Dakota and Erskine College in South Carolina. Bethel and Webber are NAIA schools, while Minot and Erskine are Division 2. "Minot State would be a great place for Blake to play,'' said his father Shawn Thompson. "But it's in North Dakota, which is a long way from Florida. It costs a lot just to fly there to visit the school, plus the family wouldn't get to see him play in person.'' A 6-foot-3, 260-pounder who plays tackle and end on the defensive line, is a beast. He has the ability to blow by a double team with a relentless pursuit of the ball, then puts the crunch on the ball carrier/quarterback. As a junior, he wound up with 60 tackles, including 13 for loss with eight sacks and three fumble recoveries. Then he began suffering shoulder pain while competing for the weight lifting team. A persistent problem, Thompson finally had an MRI test done and it was determined his labrum was 70 percent torn, requiring surgery. To complicate matters, his parents divorced prior to his senior year and he moved in with his father and transferred to Santa Fe High School, making the 50-mile move from Green Grove Springs to Alachua. Thompson played in a handful of games for Santa Fe as a senior while recovering from the injury and didn't have much of an impact for a team which won one game. Therefore, the interest began to wane. Since then, Thompson transferred back to Clay and is a member of the track and field team where he throws the shot, discus and javelin. Currently, he is still trying to get his good name out there on the football recruiting landscape. Blake Thompson knows he's had to deal with a challenge, but he remains optimistic. "I believe I would have been a D1 recruit if not for the injury.'' said Thompson. "But I'm still hopeful about what's to come.'' To learn more about W. Blake Thompson, please visit his personalized player page here: GoMVB.com/blakethompson. About GoMVB: GoMVB offers personalized digital and social media promotional services specifically for high school prospects aspiring to become next level collegiate athletes. The GoMVB coaches and advisors are former college athletes, high school, and youth coaches themselves with vast experience in marketing and promotions. GoMVB GUARANTEES every prospect will immediately see a marked increase in exposure to and communication with college scouts, coaches and recruiters. To learn, visit GoMVBSports.com.