Jalen Thompson, 2023 DE, strengthens relationship with Ohio State
The 2023 four-star defensive end from Detroit, Michigan had already seen his roster reduced when he came to Ohio State on June 1 for a recruiting camp, focusing on schools like Pittsburgh , Penn State, Michigan State and Cincinnati.
But Thompson still wanted to see what it would look like in Ohio State’s defensive line room under Johnson, showing off his personality and ability as an athlete.
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Johnson liked what he saw.
“Once he saw that I was a good person, he felt comfortable,” Thompson said. “Because he said he wouldn’t coach anyone if he felt he was wasting his time.”
Securing an offer from Ohio State after that camp, Thompson and Ohio State have remained in constant contact ever since.
Jalen Thompson keeps in touch with Ohio State football coaches
The 2023 defensive end said he speaks to Johnson weekly, receiving text messages from the Ohio State defensive line coach asking for his well-being and his family, developing their relationship and pushing the Buckeyes vying with the Spartans, Bearcats, Nittany Lions and Panthers.
It’s something Thompson wanted to show his family, returning to Columbus on Monday for an unofficial visit with his mother, who was impressed and enjoyed the atmosphere that Johnson, graduate assistant Cam Spence and director of Nick Murphy’s recruitment strategy showed.
Johnson is still looking for a few more members to add to his room in 2023.
Ohio State remains on the hunt for players like five-star defensive end Mayayo Uiagalelei, four-star defensive end Damon Wilson, four-star defensive end Desmond Umeozulu, who must choose between the Buckeyes, Carolina North, South Carolina and Pittsburgh Aug 29, and John Walker, who will announce his engagement Thursday.
However, Thompson still has a decision to make.
The 2023 defensive end has already used two of his official visits with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and plans to use the rest on Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State before making his decision ahead of his final season at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
“Really, the biggest thing I compare is who is going to develop me the best and get me to my goals the fastest while really seeing the difference between places that are going to help me off the pitch as well. , it’ll help me after football,” Thompson said.