USC Wednesday afternoon landed one of the state’s top two way prospects in DB/WR Bryce Thompson of Dutch Fork. Thompson, who is with the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team, made his announcement via a video he released on Twitter just a few minutes after telling a reporter following practice his decision was imminent. He said he will not sign until February.
“I felt very comfortable there, it’s like home,” Thompson said. “The coaching staff is great and always believed in me. I promised them I would get my grades up and they said they would hold a spot for me when I do that and I kept my end of the deal. They gave me the go after the official (visit last weekend). I made sure I kept my promise and they kept their’s. I just wanted to go there and eventually go to the league and I felt like that would be the best opportunity there is with Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Travaris Robinson) TRob’s resume.”
Bryce Thompson talks USC commitment
Thompson was a Virginia Tech commitment until decommitting in June. He also had Marshall, Virginia Tech, Temple and Georgia State on his short list. He attended several USC games and said the more he saw of what Muschamp was doing with the program, the more he liked it.
“He’s changing the program,” he said. “Coach Muschamp is changing the defense. They went from not winning that many games before he got there to winning eight and I feel like it’s going to get better and better as the year’s go on.”
Thompson said regarding which position he will play in college, he could see himself on either said of the ball.
“I honestly think I can play both positions at the highest level,” Thompson said. “I’ll just ask the coaches what they want and I’ll just do whatever they ask me to do. I have more experience at wide receiver but I feel like I’m natural at corner.”
Thompson said he completed his academic work last week with his virtual school classes, passing all of them, and his school has given him the go ahead to move toward college. He expects to be able to enroll at USC this summer without going the junior college route.
This season Thompson rushed for 1368 yards and caught 44 passes for 630 yards. He totaled 38 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 27 tackles with 1 interception.
Thompson is the Gamecocks’ 20th commitment for the 2018 class which actually has 22 spots accounted for with two players counting back. That leaves USC with three spots to fill out the 25 man initial signee list.