LSU is 66 days away from the start of fall camp and Geaux247 will break down the 85-man roster in numerical order along with a few select walk-ons to get you to the beginning of camp.
Today, we take a look at sophomore safety Corey Thompson.
#12 Corey Thompson
Coming out of High School: LSU has had its share of late surprises in recruiting – good and bad – and the staff got a great surprise two days before signing day when Corey Thompson switched from Texas A&M to the Tigers.
Thompson, who was ranked the No. 9 safety and No. 137 overall by 247Sports in the Class of 2012, had been committed to the Aggies for more than 10 months. The rumblings of a potential switch to the Tigers started when Mike Sherman was fired in College Station.
Still, few thought that Thompson would sign with anyone other than Texas A&M given the strong family ties that go back to his father, Tony Thompson, who was a receiver with the Aggies in the 80’s.
But with all of the turmoil in Aggie Land, Thompson took an official visit to Nebraska the first weekend in January and followed that up with a trip to College Station to meet new A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin the next week.
The following weekend, the four-star safety tripped to Baton Rouge, and that sealed the deal for the Tigers.
LSU was considered an even bigger longshot since the Tigers did not extend an offer until a little more than three months prior to signing day.
But, Thompson summed it up perfectly at 2012 LSU Media Day when he said, “It was all about family at LSU when I visited there. It was going to take a lot to get me away from A&M, and LSU showed me all I needed to see with the way everything was about family.”
Early on at LSU: As a true freshman, Thompson played in all 13 games for the Tigers with the majority of his action on special teams where he logged 11 stops on the year.
What we expect to see in 2013: When Eric Reid opted to forgo his senior season many tabbed Ronald Martin as the heir apparent in the secondary.
Martin started the Idaho game when Craig Loston was out due to injury and was the third safety called into action. He logged 35 tackles and picked off two passes.
Entering spring practice, Martin had the edge going in.
But, Thompson made a move and ended the spring on a strong note. He earned recognition as a player who made the most improvement during spring drills and started alongside Loston in the spring game with Martin held out with a minor injury.
One source told Geaux247 that the competition was far from settled between Thompson and Martin.
“This is one of those battles that will go into fall camp and we’ll see who emerges. Corey Thompson had a strong spring and that’s one position battle that is still up in the air.”
Our source went on to say that Martin may have a little more range, but Thompson has gotten better in coverage. His understanding of the defense and where he needs to be is also something else that has impressed the staff. And that was something that plagued Martin on more than one occasion last season.
Regardless of who plays alongside Loston, LSU will have good depth back there with guys who are known for being physical.
If there is a downside it’s that neither of the guys are going to cover as much ground as Reid and you may see John Chavis play a lot more Cover 2.
Topic for Debate: There is no denying that losing Reid was a blow to the secondary. However, LSU’s safeties struggle last season, and that includes Reid as well.
The battle between Martin and Thompson is one to keep an eye on in fall camp and we want to know who you feel will come out on top?
I think Martin gets the nod early on, but Thompson is too good to keep off the field and takes over by the time SEC play really heats up.
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