"I have decided I am going to sign with Ole Miss next Wednesday," added Carlos Thompson. "It was a tough decision, but I just felt more at home around the Ole Miss coaches and players. That's why I chose Ole Miss."
Carlos' father and head coach also echoed the same sentiments.
"I think he felt it was a better environment for him at Ole Miss, and I also think Carlos saw a lot of opportunities with their (defensive end) rotation graduating this year," added Coach Thompson. "We have a long standing relationship with (Ole Miss defensive line) Coach (Terry) Price. He recruited our other son, Quentin Groves, while he was at Auburn and played under him. Carlos knows what he is going to get from those coaches. It is not like we did not like the MSU coaches too. We just felt a little more comfortable with the Ole Miss coaches and overall program. But at the end of the day, it really was the overall package that Ole Miss presented to our family that won him over."
Winning was a part of that package.
"A big attraction for us was having a chance to represent the state of Mississippi and helping them win some championships, and we feel like Ole Miss will give him the best opportunity to do so," stated Coach Thompson. "We saw how close they were these past two seasons, and (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt seems to be taking that program one step forward each year. He has a long track record of winning and getting to New Years Day bowls, and it looks like he is taking this Ole Miss program to heights we have not seen since I was a kid. Winning back to back Cotton Bowls really opened Carlos' eyes. "
The immediate future looks bright for the Rebels in Carlos' opinion.
"Really all of the pieces of the puzzle are pretty much in place at Ole Miss," added Carlos Jr. "They just needed to rebuild their defensive line which fit me perfectly. With me, Bryon Bennett, Carlton Martin, and Wayne Dorsey, I think we will not miss a beat. That was a big selling point. I want to go to some New Year's Day bowls and win some championships, and I feel like Coach Nutt is going to give me an opportunity to do that every year I am up there. Also knowing that Bryon, Carlton, and Dorsey will be there was big for me. We are going to have one of the best young defensive lines in the country. I can't wait to suit up."
The defensive coordinator's style of play was also a factor.
"Coach Tyrone Nix just loves that aggressive style and loves to get after the quarterback. That's what I love to do best. They think I can come off of the edge for them next year and disrupt the passing game."
The nail in the coffin came during an official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend.
"I have had a good hunch what I was going to do for a while, but after the visit (at Ole Miss), I was ready to get it over with. It is just the vibe I get when I am up there. It feels like home."
Carlos had one message for the Rebel fans.
"I can't wait to carry the land shark tradition at Ole Miss. I just can't wait to get in that Red and Blue and mix it up."
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Army All-American collected 181 tackles, 25 sacks, and 52 quarterback hurries during the past two seasons at Hollandale Simmons.
To watch his announcement on WAGB TV, click below.
This video is courtesy of WAGB TV station in Greenville by Mike Sands
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org