"He's obviously one of the best in state of North Carolina," said Swansboro head coach Tim Laspada. "He is the best kid that I've coached in 20 years, and I've been around Mario Williams (former N.C. State defensive end and No.1 NFL Draft Pick). As far as athletic ability, he is unbelievable. He ran a 4.41 (second 40-yard dash) at North Carolina's camp over the summer. DeAndre is great kid, he works hard, and he deserves everything he gets."
The Swansboro (N.C.) High star is having a huge season.
"So far, it's going great," said Thompkins. "We are working hard to finish out the season the best way that we can. Personally, I've really improved and gotten more experience this year."
He already has four scholarship offers.
"N.C. State offered him during the day last Friday," said Laspada. "Coach Jerry Petercuskie offered him, and then he stayed and watched him Friday night, and he ran for 236 yards."
"I have scholarships from N.C. State, UNC, ODU, and App State,"said Thompkins. "I'm also hearing from Penn State, Georgia Tech, and I'm starting hear a little bit from Clemson. Overall, it's going really well."
Thompkins is open to all schools.
"All the schools have been pretty consistent, but the ones I've talked to the most are N.C. State, UNC, and App State," said the 6-foot, 170-pound playmaker. "Those are the three schools that I have been in contact with weekly."
"They are all pretty much the same right now. I really like all the schools, so none of them are on the top of my list just yet."
He has visited one school and has more trips scheduled.
"I've taken a visit to UNC," he said. "I'm taking a visit to App State this weekend, and I'm also visiting Penn State in November. Hopefully, I'll go visit N.C. State – I want to do that definitely. I also want to go to Georgia Tech and Clemson."
The junior grew up a Florida fan.
"I grew up loving Florida," he said. "I'd watch them every time they played on TV."
There are a few schools he is hoping to from soon.
"We have actually reached out to Florida, but haven't got any feedback yet," Thompkins said. "So, that school and Oregon are a few schools I would like to hear from."
Thompkins knows what he is looking for in a school.
"Academically, I don't know what I want to major in yet, but academics are very important," said Thompkins. "Secondly, I'll look to see if I feel comfortable at the school, in the environment, and around the people. Thirdly, how long will it take me to get on the field?"
The Swansboro standout does have a position preference, but his main concern is helping his team win.
"I love the wide receiver position, but whatever helps the team out – I'll play it," Thompkins said.
The junior is working to finish the season strong.
"My goals the rest of the year are to keep improving, make my team the best it can be, get some of my teammates noticed, and pick up some more offers," he said.
Although there is a long time before he has to make his college decision, Thompkins already has a tentative timetable.
"In a perfect world, I would like to make my decision after my senior season," he said. "I'm going to try to make it as close to Signing Day as possible, so I'll be able to narrow down every pro and con of each school. I would like to make my decision a week or so before Signing Day."
Thompkins has rushed for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He also has one receiving touchdown, leads the state with five kickoffs returns for scores, and has 33 tackles on defense.
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