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Westover star DT Trent Thompson to choose college Tuesday

Trent Thompson is ready to announce decision

Westover defensive tackle Trent Thompson, shown posing with hundreds of college recruiting letters this summer, will announce his decision. (Herald file photo)

Westover defensive tackle Trent Thompson, shown posing with hundreds of college recruiting letters this summer, will announce his decision. (Herald file photo)

ALBANY — Westover defensive tackle Trent Thompson has been courted by nearly every major college football program in the country for the past two years.

Now he’s ready to make a decision.

Thompson, widely regarded as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, has narrowed down his destination to Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Southern Cal and will formally make his commitment Tuesday evening as college football’s most prestigious programs hold their breaths.

Thompson has long considered Georgia as his top candidate, and Westover coach Octavia Jones — who said he knows which school Thompson will choose — revealed on Wednesday that the Bulldogs remain at the top of the list.

“His number one hasn’t changed throughout the entire process,” Jones said. “Numbers two and three have changed, but number one has been the same the whole time. And that’s been Georgia.”

Thompson remained coy about the decision.

“You will see when I put my hat on Tuesday,” he said.

Thompson previously told The Herald that he planned to be patient before making a decision and would likely not decide until after his senior season, which kicks off Aug. 23 at Lee County in a nationally televised game. Ultimately, he chose to commit early so he could “focus on one school instead of five or 10.”

“I’ve been having conversations with him saying it might be a good idea to rethink that and possibly commit early so he can focus on school and just enjoy being a teenager,” said Jones, the reigning Herald Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to their first Region 1-AAAA title in school history last season. “The recruiting process has been really rigorous for him, and I think it’s important for him to enjoy his senior year.”

Thompson chose Tuesday to make the announcement in honor of his late grandparents’ anniversary.

“My grandma was a big part of my life,” Thompson said. “She always told me to stay focused on football and let no man stop me and to make sure I’m on the right path and to keep my grades up.”

Thompson, a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, has recorded 148 tackles and 17 sacks over the past two seasons and is hoping to have another special season this fall for Westover.

Tuesday will be special, both for both Thompson and the Westover program.

“His grandparents were obviously instrumental in his upbringing. He wanted to do something in their memory,” Jones said. “And it’s going to be special for us, too, because he’s the biggest caliber player we have had at Westover. For him to tell the nation what school he will attend will be very big.”