‘My list is adding up’: Big in-state lineman on radar of USC, national programs

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At 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, it’s not hard to miss Josiah Thompson.

The South Carolina coaching staff sure didn’t miss him when the Dillon High junior offensive lineman attended Thursday’s OL-DL camp at Williams-Brice Stadium. Thompson had the attention of the Gamecocks’ coaching staff there.

Offensive line coach Greg Adkins, defensive line coaches Jimmy Lindsey and Sterling Lucas, and Gamecock head coach Shane Beamer all spent time with Thompson during the camp.

Thompson and Woodland’s 6-foot-7, 338-pound offensive lineman Kam Pringle, the state’s top two prospects for the Class of 2024, have been priorities for the Gamecocks’ coaching staff. The two were at USC a few weeks ago. Beamer used a helicopter to visit both during the January recruiting period.

Both players are ranked in the top 100 nationally in their class by 247Sports Composite.

Thompson has been at USC several times this year, including the team’s junior day in January and spring practice in March.

“It was great to be back (at USC), compete and get better,” Thompson said after the camp. “Coach Adkins is awesome and he knows how to coach. He is a very good coach and knows technique.

“I love the South Carolina coaches and they are definitely high on the list.”

Thompson is the latest high-profile recruit to come through Dillon, which has been one of the state’s top programs over the past two decades. Former Wildcat offensive linemen DJ Park and Bryce King played with the Gamecocks as well as receiver Kwinton Smith.

But Thompson is ranked higher in recruiting services already.

“We had a lot of Division I caliber players get recruited by schools in the Southeast, but I am not sure Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma have been to Dillon over the years,” Dillon coach Kelvin Roller said. “I think he has the opportunity to be paid to play ball one day.

“He is such a good kid and is very coachable, wants to be good, loves football. Anything we give him to work on, he does it. His length and his ability to move his feet is special. You don’t find too many left tackle prospects that could move like he can move, so he is special in that regard.”

Roller said biggest areas of emphasis will be getting stronger, but he knows with Thompson’s length it might be hard to put on a lot of muscle quickly.

“The sky is the limit for him,” Roller said of Thompson.

The Gamecocks offered Thompson, whose father attended USC, in March of 2021. Since then his recruiting has exploded, especially in recent weeks. National champion Georgia offered this week while Tennessee and Clemson offered earlier this month. He attended a camp at Clemson while he plans to take an unofficial to Tennessee next month.

After Thursday’s camp, Thompson headed to Alabama for an unofficial visit on Friday where he was expected to meet with coach Nick Saban. He will participate in a Crimson Tide camp the following day. Other Thompson offers include North Carolina, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas A&M, Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee Florida State and Notre Dame. Thompson already has committed to play in the 2024 All-American game in San Antonio.

Thompson said he plans to narrow down his list after his junior season.

“My list is adding up,” Thompson said. ”But I am just enjoying the process. I am enjoying getting to meet a lot of coaches. There are a lot of opportunities out there for me.”

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