Vols make football offer to McGill quarterback
The University of Tennessee gave Thompson his first SEC football offer this week, and McGill coach Caleb Ross told AL.com’s Ben Thomas that the school is offering to let him play both sports.
“He told me this morning that the offer hadn’t quite sunk in yet,” Ross said. “He knows a football offer from the University of Tennessee is a big deal. He is definitely excited about it.”
After injuries plagued his first couple of seasons, Thompson committed to the Tigers on the diamond. This spring he hit a .469 with 39 runs and 19 steals, and Yellow Jacket baseball coach Tim Becker compared him to Deion Sanders.
“Bubba runs a 6.4 60,” Becker said. “His arm strength is above average, and he can hit for power. He’s not a 15 or 20 home run guy, but if he hits it in the gap it is going to be a triple. Deion was the same way.”
Then, McGill started the season 8-0 with No. 1 rankings in every state poll, and a national spot.
“We knew about his talent,” Ross said. “We knew he had all the tools, but Bubba just had to put it together and, really, he needed to have an injury-free season… We felt really good about the potential of him having a good season for us.”
Thompson is 116-for-156 pass attempts for 1,665 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s been healthy so far, and was only picked off twice.
Thompson has the wheels to go with the arm, too. He has run for 251 yards and three touchdowns on just 23 carries this year.
“He’s also the fastest guy on our team,” Ross said. “He has been clocked at a 4.4 40 at some camps and that is really without any speed training for football. He might could run a 4.3 if he worked on his running form and the impressive thing he is full speed in two steps.”
Thompson has also had football offers from Western Kentucky, Central Florida and Troy.
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