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Archbishop Wood TE Colin Thompson issues oral declaration to Florida

Written by: on Thursday, May 5th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.

 

After accumulating 20 verbal Division-1 scholarship offers, Archbishop Wood tight end Colin Thompson has issued his oral declaration of his choice of where he will continue his football career.

Thompson, a 6’5, 255-pound tight end, gave an oral declaration to Florida during a Thursday afternoon at Archbishop Wood High School, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.  The Gators were one of four programs from the Southeastern Conference to extend scholarship offers ‑ Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina were the others.

Additionally, Thompson held offers from the following programs: Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple and Wisconsin.

The 6’5, 255-pound Thompson is Pennsylvania’s third major Division-1 tight end prospect in the last two years, joining Class of 2011’s Ben Koyack (Oil City Area, Notre Dame) and Tyler Kroft (Downingtown East, Rutgers).  Scout.com ranks Thompson as the #3 tight end in all of the 2012 recruiting class and one of nine four-star prospects at the tight end position.

Thompson is the second major Pennsylvania prospect to issue a declaration to Florida in recent history – the other is former George Washington defensive lineman Sharif Floyd – the second Archbishop Wood prospect to announce a college choice within the last week and the fourth Keystone State prospect in the 2012 class to announce his choice of college pre-season.

Thompson helped Wood’s offensive unit both as a receiver and a blocker. Blocking-wise, he helped pave the way for a Viking offensive unit that produced a pair of backs with 1,100+ rushing yards and a 1,500+ yard passer. Wood averaged 229 rushing yards, 119 passing yards, 36.5 points per game and scored 62 offensive touchdowns (47 rushing, 15 passing).  Thompson was part of an Archbishop Wood offense that scored a school single-season record 511 points.

As a receiver, Thompson snagged 13 passes for 208 yards (16 yds./rec.) and four touchdowns. He finished with four catches for 79 yards and a score in Wood’s come-from-behind victory against Washington D.C.-based Friendship Academy and had a pair of touchdown receptions against Archbishop Carroll.

For his career, Thompson has caught 24 passes for 321 yards (13.4 yds./rec.) and scored 10 touchdowns.

Archbishop Wood, owners of an 83-19 overall record (.817) since 2003, finished 13-1 last season, winning the program’s third consecutive District 12 AAA football championship and reaching the PIAA AAA semifinals for the third consecutive year, this time opposite Allentown Central Catholic.

 

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