Jason Thompson to UW (Scout.com)
Jason Thompson kept praying on his eventual decision, and that decision came to him this week when he made his verbal commitment to Washington, ensuring the Thompson name will live on at Montlake for another five years. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Kennedy High School in Burien became Washington's 17th known verbal commitment for the class of 2012.
"It just felt right," Thompson told Dawgman.com of his decision to commit to the hometown Huskies. "I just kept praying on it, and the answer came to me."
Just like his older brother, current DL Everrette Thompson, Jason is being asked to come to UW as a big athlete to play on defense. He could start his UW career at safety or outside linebacker, depending on how much he grows from now until next summer.
When Thompson knew he was going to commit, the first person he wanted to see on campus wasn't Steve Sarkisian, Johnny Nansen, Nick Holt, Mike Cox, or Jeff Mills. It was Everrette - even if it meant bugging him in the middle of class.
Jason found Everrette at his Anthropology class. He tapped on the window to get his brother's attention. "I tried to get him to come with me so I could tell Sark, but he had to stay in class," Jason said. But the news had been received, and Everrette was overjoyed.
"I'm ready to be a Dawg," Jason told Everrette. He was excited. My brother is my best friend. He just wanted me to be happy, whatever I decided. But he was happy."
Then came the trek down to Montlake, where he told the coaches of his decision. "I told coach Nansen first, and then I tried to find coach Sark," said Thompson. "And then I found him. They were relieved that I finally committed."
Thompson's recruitment had been a little slow, simply because schools weren't necessarily sure how to recruit him. His athleticism was plain to see, but he was playing quarterback. Portland State had offered him a chance to play quarterback in college, but QB was a position he probably wouldn't play at the highest levels in college. He admitted to a little bit of frustration over that scenario, but kept believing in himself and his ability.
His big break came during Washington's Rising Stars camp. He worked out with the safeties, a position he had never tried before. Clearly he impressed the UW coaches, because he was offered as a defensive athlete after the camp was over and he had gone home. "They liked that I'm a quarterback and that I'm smart enough that I could be a quarterback of the defense," he said. "They were surprised how I was doing at safety, because that was my first day playing it."
The Huskies are getting a great athlete in Jason Thompson. He runs a 4.57 40, jumps 36 inches in the vertical jump, and can also claim the 'student' in student-athlete, boasting a current 3.1 GPA and 1530 on his first try at the SAT. "I work hard and I stay focused," he said. "I leave it on the field, and I'm a natural leader."