When Ohio State commit Jayme Thompson was in the process of helping lead his team to the Ohio Division-II state championship Friday night, he couldn't help but be impressed with seeing his future head coach, Urban Meyer, watching from the sideline with several Buckeye assistant coaches.
Thompson, who committed to Ohio State last spring, came up big in Toledo Central Catholic's 16-12 win over Trotwood-Madison. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound, safety was impressive in coverage and in helping stop the running game.
"Of course, having the Ohio State coaching staff here really pumped me up," Thompson stressed. "Coach Urban gave me a couple head-nods, and that just made me want to make him look good for offering me. Having them there made me not want to let them down, but the most important thing to me was playing well for my teammates. Having Ohio State here made it even sweeter for me."
"Going against Cameron Burrows made me want to show that Ohio State made a good choice offering me too," he admitted. "Cam is a good friend, but on the field it was all business for both of us. I'm definitely going to shoot Cam a text later, but I didn't want to speak to him after the game, because I know how much this hurts when you lose. He is a good friend, and we are going to be roommates at Ohio State. I will be taking my official to Ohio State this coming weekend to help recruit others to our class."
After losing in the semi-finals a year ago, Thompson and his teammates were driven to win the championship season.
"It definitely has been our goal for so long, that it's hard to believe we've done it," Thompson said. "It's definitely a relief, and I'm so happy to know we accomplished a goal we set out to achieve a long while ago. This win is just a beginning for me, and I have a lot of work to do before I get to Ohio State. I'm already looking forward to the next step and getting better as a player, but I will definitely remember this night for the rest of my life."