Story by Jack Rybak ‘22
Junior Isaac Thompson, a standout wide receiver and defensive back from the day he stepped foot on the field, verbally committed to play football at Mizzou on Friday, December 4.
Thompson, a four-star recruit, started his high school career as a freshman on varsity. He had a good season with 29 total tackles, one interception, and 86 returning yards. However, Thompson began to shine his sophomore year when he garnered six touchdowns, 147 rushing yards, 605 receiving yards, 39 tackles, and two interceptions. According to Rivals.com, Thompson is the fourth-rated prospect in the state from the class of 2022 and the seventh-rated safety in the nation.
Thompson had received interest from several schools over his past three years at SLUH. He received offers from over 30 colleges, including Florida, Michigan, Mizzou, Texas, and Arkansas.
“(Mizzou) was the spot for me and I always wanted to play back home and have all these great people around me come to my games,” said Thompson. “The SEC is the best conference in the country, and I felt like it was the spot for me.”
Thompson has played football since grade school and has looked up to his father, who played for Michigan State, as a role model for his own goals.
“I always knew I wanted to play college football,” said Thompson. “I want to come in as a freshman at Mizzou (safety or corner), start right away and make improvements every year, and lead them to a championship.”
Thompson, while planning for his future, still has his heart and mind at SLUH. He still has another year with the Jr. Bills and he plans to make the most of it. Thompson hopes to have a great season following his single game this year.
“We are going to have a really good team coming back next year,” said Thompson. “We have guys like Ryan Wingo, Marco Sansone, Luke Johnston, Chris Brooks that will all come in and we can win the state championship if we set our minds to it."