Thompson Set to Soar

Thompson Set to Soar

Southern Miss Head coach Larry Fedora came to Southern Miss promising to go after the best talent in the state to bring to Hattiesburg. He has fulfilled that promise by landing another top notch class and players that will be able to contribute right away. One of those players is Pascagoula's own Martez Thompson.

A huge factor in Thompson choosing to come to Southern Miss was the opportunity to stay close to home.

"I chose Southern Miss because it was close to all of my family," stated Thompson. "I liked that my family would be close enough to come see me play, and I really like the coaching staff at USM."

The Eagles are thrilled that he decided to stay close. Doubling as a defensive back and receiver in his senior season for Pascagoula High School, Thompson was named 1st team All-State by the Clarion Ledger. He also was selected to play in the Mississippi/ Alabama All-Star game.

At 6'0, 190, Thompson will bring great instincts, quickness, and a lock down corner's mentality. In fact, teams were reluctant to even look Thompson's way last season. Thompson considers this his strength, saying, "I am a good man to man corner, a lockdown type of guy."

He finished the season with one interception, approximately 50 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery from the cornerback position.

Make no mistake; Thompson is coming to Hattiesburg in the fall with the goal of getting on the field as soon as possible.

When asked if he has a goal to start, he commented, "Yes sir that is what I am thinking about." However, as has been the case with many recruits Fedora has brought in, Thompson is thinking team first and is willing to red shirt if necessary. "I would be ok with that. Whatever they think is best for me and the team."

Speaking of being a team player, his versatility will certainly benefit the Eagles down the road. Not only can he play receiver and corner, but he can also help out with special teams as well returning kicks. Thompson caught five touchdown passes as a receiver, and returned kicks and punts. He had a kick return for a score that helped showcase his 4.6 40 flashy speed.

Academics will not be a problem for the Eagle recruit. He plans on qualifying and getting out on the field to be a part of this team as soon as fall practice starts.

"My grades look good, I have got to take the ACT one more time, but I will definitely qualify."

Thompson will be a good fit at Southern Miss. He is a humble young man who has surrounded himself with good people. He understands the challenge in front of him at the Division One level. With his family close by, staying humble will not be an issue for him. "I have been staying humble. I have good people to keep me down so it hasn't been that hard to stay humble."

Did he enjoy recruiting? "I enjoyed it, but I was pretty glad when it was over, though." Now, it is time to get down to work. The future is bright for Thompson, and Golden Eagles fans anxiously await him and another solid recruiting class working hard to bring a Conference USA title back to Hattiesburg.

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