Prior to making an official visit to Virginia Tech this past Sunday through Tuesday, Trevor Thompson received one piece of advice from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Delafield, WI) postgraduate head coach Brian Richert. The advice was to “always follow your gut,” Richert recalled.
The 6’11” center did just that, and before he left Blacksburg he had verbally committed to Hokies head coach James Johnson.
“I thought I would take the visit, and then I would make the rest of my official visits. I thought I would take all five official visits,” said Thompson, Tech’s first commitment in the class of 2013. “Once I stepped on campus, it was over.”
A 2012 graduate of Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, IN), Thompson is now enrolled at SJNMA for a postgraduate year. He chose the Hokies over offers from Arizona State and Auburn, as well as interest from a host of others. Coach Richert believes more schools would have offered had Thompson waited, but the standout prospect just felt right about Virginia Tech. His parents did as well.
“My dad and my mom pulled me aside during the visit, and we had a long talk,” Thompson said. “They said how they felt it was a great opportunity.
“Later in the practice gym, my dad was talking to Coach Johnson and called me over. He asked me if there was anything I wanted to say. I told [Coach Johnson] I wanted to be a Hokie. The players were like, ‘What did you say?’ Then they all came over to me and congratulated me.”
Thompson acknowledged the job the Tech staff did recruiting, saying they kept in consistent contact and really showed how much they wanted him to be part of the program. Coach Johnson impressed, particularly this past weekend.
“He was with me every day (on the official visit),” Thompson said of James Johnson. “He’s a real good coach. You can tell he just cares. I feel he believes in me, and that’s the biggest thing. He wants me to come in and do some damage.”
Prior to this recruiting process, Thompson was familiar with Virginia Tech. He lived in Reston, Virginia, for 10 years before moving to Indianapolis for the final three years of his high school career.
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