Top 100 Prospects – DT Brandon Thompson

It was almost a year ago when Clemson DT Brandon Thompson sat in the apartment of his good friend and teammate Jarvis Jenkins watching the 2011 NFL Draft. Early in the second night at the top of the second round, Jenkins was drafted by the Washington Redskins at the No. 41 choice.

The teammates shared tears as the news came through.

“We cried together,” Thompson admitted recently. “It hit me when he got that phone call . . . keep pushing, doing what I’m doing.”

It created motivation for Thompson to go out and have the best season of his career and he responded, putting together a big season that led the Clemson defense.

“I don’t think there’s any question he can play at that level,” said Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks. “He’s not a real tall guy but he’s real powerful, has great flexibility. I think it was a great challenge for him to see Jarvis go do what he did, and go be a high second-round draft pick. You could almost see (him say), ‘I know I can do that’.”

Whether he knows it or not, Thompson says watching his friend go in last year’s draft was a motivator for him. “I just push every day,” Thompson said. “When it’s said and done, I want to be the best defensive tackle in the ACC and one of the best in the nation. So that’s what I prepare for every day.”

Here’s more of Brandon Thompson’s story.

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