Name: Ron Thompson
Position: Defensive End
Year: Junior (RS Sophomore eligibility)
Hometown: Southfield, MI
High School: Southfield HS
2013 Stats: Ron saw action in all 13 games last season, finishing with 20 total tackles, 11 unassisted. He garnered two tackles in the Texas Bowl win over Minnesota.
2014 Projections: This could finally be the year that Ron-Ron breaks out. Thompson has a year of DE under his belt and he's primed to log some serious minutes. Right now he's 2nd in line at one of the spots behind Robert Welsh but that battle isn't over.
How'd He Get Here?: Ron chose Syracuse over Illinois, Indiana, Vanderbilt, and hometown powerhouse Michigan, making him one of the biggest recruiting wins of the Doug Marrone era. After a blood clot issue derailed his freshman season and a move to defensive end stunted his growth, Thompson finally seems primed to make good on all that hype.
Scout/Rivals Said: Rivals and ESPN said three star and Scout had him all the way up at four stars! They also said he was the 13th-best TE prospect.
Money Quote: "The history and some of the guys that have come out of Syracuse like Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney. They're young and their offensive coordinator 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."
Links Of Wonder: Syracuse defensive end Ron Thompson has had smooth transition from tight end
Tweets of Wonder:
???— ron thompson (@ron17_savage) June 9, 2014
What Does Scott Shafer Think Of Him: "I think Ron, sitting around watching practice and knowing that we had lost some defensive ends and stuff," Shafer said, "I think in his mind he said, 'Hey coach, you know I'll help anywhere you want. I like Coach Daoust.'"
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Thompson isn't a complete stranger to defense. As a high school senior, he recorded 98 tackles and dropped the quarterback six times.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: