Isaac Thompson is being projected at different positions for college. Iowa sees him as a defensive back. He likes that.
“I know that Iowa puts a ton of DBs in the NFL, and that’s something I would for sure want to be a part of,” Thompson told HN.
The Hawkeyes offered the St. Louis (MO) University High prospect a scholarship on Monday. It represented the next step in the relationship between the Class of 2022 prospect and the Big Ten program.
“An offer from Iowa meant a lot to me. It’s one of the first schools that showed interest in me and the first school I’ve ever visited,” he said.
Thompson (6-2, 190) visited campus last summer and again during the season. Assistant LeVar Woods has been leading Iowa’s pursuit of him.
“I have a great relationship with him,” Thompson said.
He’s seen his recruitment take off this offseason. Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State Missouri, Oklahoma State, Penn State, South Carolina and USC have been among 24 schools to offer a scholarship.
“I have a great bond with schools like Michigan, Mizzou, Arkansas, Florida, and Iowa,” Thompson said. “The most important thing to me is finding the best school for strong academics and how well I could fit into their football program.”
Thompson feels like he has gained a good knowledge of Iowa. It’s left him wanting to find out more.
“I will 100 percent be back in Iowa as soon as possible,” he said.
The in-person recruiting dead period instituted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended through June. That prohibited campus stops for prospects.
Thompson is taking his time with the process. He’s only halfway through his prep career.
“I plan on making a decision after my junior season,” he said.
Thompson looks like a prime candidate for developing into the hybrid linebacker-safety Cash position being used by the Hawkeyes. He’s built like Amani Hooker and Dane Belton, who have found success at the spot.
“I think Iowa’s ability to develop talent at my position will for sure affect my decision so I can get to the next level after college,” he said.
Rivals has yet to rank Thompson, but 247 has listed him as a four-star prospect and the No. 23 cornerback nationally in the ’22 cycle. The service pegged him as the No. 183 player overall, regardless of position, in the class.
Here’s a look at Thompson’s sophomore highlights: