On Monday morning, Cincinnati (Roger Bacon) defensive end recruit James Thompson Jr. announced that he verbally committed to the Wisconsin Badgers by telling Badger247 writer Evan Flood.
Three-star defensive end tells @Badger247 that he has committed to #Wisconsin.https://t.co/yoWBsUUDsx #Badgers pic.twitter.com/jk3rpQbitE— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) September 9, 2019
Thompson announced that he had verbally committed late on Monday night via his Twitter account.
#OnWisconsin ⚪️ Edit by: @bspaeth7 pic.twitter.com/gkYLXM609t— James Thompson (@james_jr56) September 10, 2019
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals, the 6-foot-5.5-inch Thompson Jr. has significantly bulked up since his junior season at Roger Beacon high school. The defensive end was listed at 230 pounds just one season ago, but now he is up to 255 pounds.
The DE’s offer sheet includes Iowa State and Navy, and he also garnered interest from Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Indiana.
His Hudl highlights show that Thompson Jr. brings an explosive first step on the defensive side. Now that he has put on another 25 pounds of muscle, the Badgers have another recruit with tremendous upside. You will also notice that Thompson Jr. played both ways in high school, as he split time between defensive end and right tackle.
Thompson Jr. announced receiving his offer on July 30.
Blessed to Receive an offer from THE University of Wisconsin @BadgerFootball @CoachJoeRudolph @UWcoachnokes @RogerBaconFB @Solkrates— James Thompson (@james_jr56) July 31, 2019
He is the 15th known verbal commit to the Badgers 2020 class and joins Aaron Witt and Cade McDonald as defensive end commits.