Gator Prospectus: WR Chris Thompson

Thompson returned from a foot injury that cost him three games to help GHS claim the district title. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

This is the seventh profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.

Name: Chris Thompson
July 30
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 170 pounds
Scouting Report: Best physical attribute is undoubtedly his wheels. Ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at an FAU camp this past summer. Also a track star in high school and can reach top-end speed in a hurry. Has above average height for someone so fast and those extra inches allows him to be a vertical threat. Doesn’t take long to get off the line after the snap and has the quickness and acceleration to get open in coverage. A home-run threat when he sees green grass, but could use a few more juke moves in his repertoire for the short passes he receives. Needs to be more consistent catching the ball, and he says his problem with drops is more mental than anything. Has shown the ability to make big-time catches in the past, including at Friday Night Lights when he put on a show and earned an offer from UF coach Will Muschamp the following Monday.
For The Game: Playing in his first full game since straining his foot on Sept. 6 against Lake City Columbia, Thompson came back just shy of 100 percent to help his team capture the District 5-6A Title with a 34-19 win over Ocala Vanguard. Thompson began the game rusty and was unable to haul in his first three passes, although the last two were difficult catches to make. He bounced back with two receptions for 31 yards and a few pass deflections on defense, but the Hurricanes never needed him to make plays in the passing game. Running backs Ralph Webb and Tony James (a 2014 prospect with a UF offer) combined for 290 of Gainesville’s 322 yards on the ground and four total touchdowns.
Video: Click HERE for my interview with Thompson after the game.
“It’s hard to miss time and then come back where you left off. (The injury) was hard on him because he’s such a competitor. That’s the thing I was telling coach Muschamp is how tough this kid is. People don’t realize that. All they care about is height, weight and speed. But C.T. is a football player. I guarantee you 99 out of 100 high school players wouldn’t have came back (from the injury) the way he did. It’s incredible. Gator fans are lucky to have someone like that. Plus he’s a Gainesville kid that bleeds orange and blue.” — GHS coach James Thomson
Notable: Has attended every home game this season and will officially visit on Dec. 8; consensus three-star prospect.

Up next week on the Gator Prospectus — UF safety commit Keanu Neal.

Previous profiles:
LB James Hearns
RB Kelvin Taylor
DL Joey Ivie
DB Nick Washington
DT Caleb Brantley
LB Quinton Powell