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Name: Ronald "Ron" Janard Thompson Jr.
Position: Tight end
Hometown: Southfield, MA
High School: Southfield
2011 Stats: Thompson caught 51 passes for 506 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season. In his junior season, he accumulated 41 receptions for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns.
2012 Projections: After Ashton Broyld and Ryan Norton, Thompson might be the most likely freshman to see some playing time. He comes to SU at a time when the tight end ranks are plentiful but not overwhelming with undeniable talent. Nick Provo is gone and in his stead are a bunch of guys competing to fill his shoes. Chances are, it will be a group effort and this highly-touted hoss from Michigan has the tools to see the field as a frosh.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Scout said he's a four-star player, the 13th-best tight end in the nation and Syracuse's top recruit overall. Rivals said he's a three-star talent and the 15th-best player out of Michigan.
"The history and some of the guys that have come out of Syracuse like Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney," Thompson said. "They're young and their offensive coordinator (Greg Adkins) is really what got me. They're energetic and I'm really excited to play for them."
"How they care about their players, and how you can trust what they're saying, and they're not telling you something just because you want to hear it."
What Does Marrone Think: Nothing specific, though he did say of his freshman class that "I'm hoping quite a few (of the incoming student-athetes) will come in and push for playing time right away." Methinks Thompson has a chance to do just that.
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