Madison-Plains High School senior Nick Thompson has found a home away from home.
Thompson signed a commitment letter Tuesday to play football at Wilmington College. He said there was just something about the school and the program that made him feel at home.
“Just the way the coaches made me feel wanted, it’s like a home feeling I get, it kind of reminds me of Madison-Plains,” he said. “The small community, it just seems like everyone is tight knit. Those things I like about here are the thinks I like about Wilmington.
Thompson is expected to play linebacker at Wilmington, a place Madison-Plains High School coach Jason Hunt is convinced he will succeed if he continues to work on his craft.
“Nick is a fantastic kid, great work ethic, great team player, just a great guy to have around they’re going to enjoy have a Nick Thompson on their team,” Hunt said.
The coach said he started to think football after high school would be a possibility sometime during his junior season.
“We saw that going into his junior year, Nick is young,” Hunt said. “As far as birth day, Nick could be a high school junior right now getting ready for his senior year. He’s always been a little young, a little smaller but going into his junior year he was a lot more physical, a lot more aggressive, we knew we had a pretty good football player at that point.”
Getting to play college football not too far from home is something Thompson, who plans on studying criminal justice, is looking forward to.
“It’s nice, because I can come home whenever I want, but it’s just far enough away that I’m not at home,” he said.
Thompson credits his teammates and coaches for getting him to this point.
“My teammates pushed me to be the best I can be,” he said. “My leadership and work ethic is because of the coaches here have pushed me to be the best player I could.
“The key for Nick at the next level, he’s got to stick around for four years, he has to put the work in for four years,” Hunt said. “If he does that, he’s going to continue to grow, he’s just now starting to mature a little bit. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t grow a couple more inches in the next couple years and really fills out. If he sticks with it he’s going to have a nice college career.”
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