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Virginia Linebacker Avery Thomspon Commits to Maryland

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Avery-thompson_150_5_23_jpg_mediumThe news comes from Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot: per his coach, Avery Thomspon committed to Maryland. Thompson, nominally a linebacker, stands 6-2, 195, with a listed 40 time of 4.6. His size and speed give him some versatility, potentially to move back to safety if the staff wants him to.

Thompson is another sleeper type, in case you were wondering. Two-stars on Rivals, unrated on ESPN, and without a Scout profile, it appears Maryland was his only offer. He claimed interest from UConn, Boston College, Illinois, and a few others. He does come from the talent-rich 757, though, and was nothing if not productive: he had 113 tackles last season.

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His size definitely looks more SS-like then OLB-like, but he plays like a linebacker and it didn't show him dropping back into coverage much. That makes me think that he'll be a natural for the STAR position Kenny Tate is currently playing. He's able to get through blocks and into the backfield, though he plays a bit high. He dives into tackles, which means he does (and will in college) deliver some wicked blows.

He's another piece to the team Edsall is building. They still need the bigger pieces like Noah Spence and Stefon Diggs to complete it, but he'll certainly have a role to play, especially if he fills the relatively unique STAR spot.