After visiting Colorado State, running back Deron Thompson knew he was ready to be a Ram. The Wichita (KS) Northwest prospect is one of the fastest players in the state, but his versatility is what drew the eyes of the CSU staff. Thompson breaks down his decision with Scout.com.
After his visit to Colorado State, Wichita (KS) Northwest running back Deron Thompson knew Fort Collins was the place for him.
“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff,” Thompson said of the Rams. “This is their second year at Colorado State. I have a great relationship with the head coach and running backs coach. When I took my visit, they made me feel welcomed.”
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior is among the fastest players in The Sunflower State. With 4.41-second speed in the 40-yard dash, and a personal best 10.6 seconds in the 100-meters, Thompson’s speed is a big part of his game. However, his versatility is what head coach Jim McElwain and his staff like most about Thompson.
“I fit in perfectly with the offense, from what they are telling me,” Thompson said. “When it comes to third down situations, I can stay on the field, because I can block the extra man on the blitz and catch the ball. They know they won’t have to change me with another back.”
Thompson burst on the scene in 2012, rolling up 1,482 rushing yards and 15 TDs in head coach Steve Martin’s offense. He earned All-City League honors in 2013, with 988 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground, averaging almost 5.4 yards per carry.
After a visit to Colorado State in early January, the Grizzlies standout knew it was the place for him.
“It was just the football aspect of it,” he said of the CSU program. “I like the way they are going, and the academics, too, of course. I feel like every aspect of choosing the school was what I was looking for, and what I wanted.”
“I like the campus and the surrounding places,” Thompson said of Fort Collins. “It’s not that far way from Denver. The stadium was cool, too. I know they are probably going to be updating it in a year or two, hopefully before I graduate.”
Thompson chose the Rams over offers from Army, Idaho, Kansas State, and Minnesota. He enjoyed the recruiting process, but is relieved to know where he will be spending the next four years.
“Every kid likes the attention,” he said with a laugh. “It’s pretty exciting. During the course of it, you get a little bit tired of it. Recruiting is a business, and anything can happen. It was cool to me, but I’m just glad it’s over.”