Ohio is responsible for Camron Thompson becoming interested in football. Warren, Ohio is where he calls home and while he plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, it is very important to him to make Ohio proud.
“Well, my love for football started when I started playing pee-wee football up in Ohio and I always knew I was dedicated because it’d be a hot day and I’d still go out and go 100 percent. I just fell in love with the game and the competition,” Thompson said.
The 5’11, 200 pound running back and state champion with the Grayson Rams last season said that it was tough leaving Warren, Ohio. A place where he had lived for the first 13 years of his life and he had to adapt to a new environment and new people in Loganville.
“Moving from Ohio and what the city means to me is I know that I have to rep my city, do the best and what I can in my sport. People every time they hear my name would be like ‘oh that’s Camron, he’s from Warren, Ohio. I do my city well.”
Thompson’s freshman year was when he saw his talent come into view because in playing high school football for a short time at John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, he recognized that the game speed in Ohio and Georgia was different and the players he was playing against were bigger and faster.
Thompson was doing more of the same in Georgia in terms of making plays.
While that is the case, as a senior now, Camron Thompson does not have any offers to his name but has received interest from Memphis, Rutgers, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Clemson. He also has taken visits to the following schools: Memphis, Georgia State, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Illinois University, Ball State and Central Michigan.
“Memphis because when I went Memphis it felt like home and all of the coaches greeted me [with] open arms and they talked to me like they knew me…. I felt welcome there, the campus is really nice and I like where the school is at. I’d probably say Ohio State just because I’m from Ohio and I love Ohio State,” Thompson said about schools he has high interest in.
“I would say my dream school is Tennessee because their campus is amazing, I love everyone on the coaching staff. They have an active coaching staff and they talk to you like they would talk to another adult. Every time I went to a game, I just loved the energy there.”
Cameron Thompson studies Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliot and tries to incorporate what he Elliot does into his own game. Thompson is very elusive and shows speed more when he breaks to the outside. He’s also good at making plays in space.
When he’s faced with a defender in his way, he’s not afraid to use his power to break tackles.
“I like to embarrass people, that’s my favorite. I like to embarrass the defender, score touchdowns and have my linemen meet up with me in the end zone.”
The best of his game is his elusiveness and vision but he does recognize that he needs to get better at knowing the down and distance and when to use his elusiveness and power.
What he will be looking for in figuring out what school to commit and sign to is if he fits the team and their plan for the offense in addition to how the coaching staff treats the players and the program’s pedigree as far as wins and losses.
“I feel I can bring to a university, I can bring leadership, someone to motivate everybody even coming in as a freshman. I could motivate everybody and just keep a winning mindset.”
Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young
The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.
The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.
“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”
While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.
Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.
Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.
Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal
Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.
“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.
“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”
Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.
“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”
Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.
“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”
Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke
Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.
“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.
“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.
“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”
Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.
According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.
Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.
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