Georgia State’s quarterback of the future is playing so well that some are wondering if the Panthers can hold onto him until February’s signing day.
Life is good for Trent Thompson, quarterback for McEachern High School, the No. 1-ranked team in Georgia’s largest classification. Thompson has completed 62 of 110 passes for 850 and 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions while leading McEachern to a 4-0 start.
“The thing about Trent is that he manages the game so well,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman told the AJC. “He really, really understands what is going on out there on the field.”
McEachern often runs a hurry-up, no-huddle offense, with Thompson making play calls at the line of scrimmage – based on the defensive formation. Probably the best stat on Thompson is that he has led McEachern to two come-from-behind wins in the game’s final minutes this year, including an upset over Lowndes on the road.
“He has a lot of poise under pressure,” Hockman said.
The left-handed Thompson has matured into one of the states’ top quarterbacks as a senior. The last two seasons, he alternated as McEachern’s starting QB. Thompson has also had a growth spurt, going from a 5-foot-8, 150-pound sophomore to 6-3 and 185 pounds as a senior.
Thompson committed to Georgia State in August, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from making inquiries. Tennessee Tech, Furman and Jacksonville State are among those showing serious interest.
“Trent feels pretty confident and comfortable with what’s going on at Georgia State,” Hockman said. “He just wants an opportunity to keep playing football.”
What about Georgia State fans worried about Thompson getting attention from other schools? “I don’t think that’s a big concern,” he said. “I’m still solid with my commitment to Georgia State, and that’s where I plan to be in the fall.”
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