These are the kinds of articles that piss me off

bigmont80

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No mention of grades being a factor. Hell, you can tell the kid didn't want to pick ECU. But if you read this article it sounds like he weighed his options and thought ECU was a better fit than Miami. Fucking clowns.


Thompson picks ECU PiratesNation's No. 6 safety values comfortable, family atmosphere over popular pick
By Corey Long
ESPN Recruiting Nation
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In the world of players wanting to go to the powerhouse BCS programs, Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange safety Lucas Thompson has chosen to take the road less traveled.

The 6-foot, 185-pound four-star prospect chose East Carolina over Miami and South Carolina, and announced his decision Thursday night at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Other offers included South Florida, Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Illinois.

For Thompson the final decision came down to a comfort level between him and the East Carolina coaching staff.

"From that first meeting with Coach [Lincoln] Riley to my visit there, I always felt a sense of family and togetherness," Thompson said. "We ate together, we laughed together, we talked about things that are really important.

"With me leaving my family and friends it's important to be in a place where they don't have to worry about me, and ECU is that place."

The No. 139 overall player in the ESPNU 150, nationally ranked No. 6 at his position, admitted to being a lifelong Miami fan and said it was a tough decision to go against the Hurricanes.

"I love Miami, I like a lot of the guys in their class, like Angelo [Jean-Louis] and Duke [Johnson]," Thompson added. "I liked South Carolina, too; they came on real strong.

"But I need to make my own decision and do what is right for me."

This is East Carolina's second time striking it big with an Orlando-area prospect. Several years ago the Pirates took a flier on Orlando Olympia running back Chris Johnson, who became a first-round NFL draft choice.

Thompson said Johnson's experience at East Carolina was a factor.

"These days you can go to any school and succeed," Thompson said. "If the coaches are right and the player is happy, he's going to play hard. I will play hard and succeed."

It has been a long road for the player who competed at last season's Under Armour Combine with just three offers and little exposure. Since then Thompson has been to The Opening and was named an Under Armour All-American in the fall.

"It's been the greatest experience of my life," Thompson said. "I never thought I'd be an All-American and considered one of the best in the nation.

"I just wanted to have the opportunity to play football in college. I didn't expect any of this. It's the greatest blessing and I just want to make people proud for believing in me."
 

bigmont80

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BTW, I don't know if Kyle's seen this yet but it pissed me off bad enough that I posted it anyway.
 

JHallCanes

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cant believe that kid is so highly ranked on ESPN. I've never seen it with him to he honest.
 

bigmont80

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Me either. Good, but a bit over rated from what I've seen. I'd still take him if his grades weren't ****. We need anyone we can get right now.
 

tjl1388

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cant believe that kid is so highly ranked on ESPN. I've never seen it with him to he honest.
I have. I did some sport photography for West Orange and live about 10mins. from the school.



I'm not crying.
 

SFbayCane

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The bottom line is this: If kids can get admitted to East Carolina, Ohio State, etc. and cannot get into UM, then that's on UM and nobody else. WE lost this kid (assuming he has the grades to actually matriculate at ECU).
 

jevoasis

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Too bad for him. It's exactly like when I guy gets turned down after asking a hot girl out, and tells his buddies that he liked her fat friend better.
 

JHallCanes

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The bottom line is this: If kids can get admitted to East Carolina, Ohio State, etc. and cannot get into UM, then that's on UM and nobody else. WE lost this kid (assuming he has the grades to actually matriculate at ECU).
I'm not convinced we wanted him, but I see your point of course.
 

DiegoCane

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The bottom line is this: If kids can get admitted to East Carolina, Ohio State, etc. and cannot get into UM, then that's on UM and nobody else. WE lost this kid (assuming he has the grades to actually matriculate at ECU).
Then he can't get into South Carolina either because no way he picks East Carolina if he had the opportunity to commit to a bigger school.

He didn't exactly look excited when he announced East Carolina.

This kid failed himself, not the other way around IMO.
 

CaneCounty

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why annouce at the UA then? dont know that many ECU kids that are UA All Americans
 

BigPoppaCane

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Yes not having to work on academics should make him feel right at home

Kid is no fool just does not like school
 
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