Jalen Thompson

  • Pos DL
  • Height 6-4
  • Weight 245

Prospect Info

  • High School Cass Technical
  • City Detroit, MI
  • Exp 2023 - ...

Michigan State Spartans

  • Jersey #55
  • Class SO

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  • Class 2023
  • Committed 8/22/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 03/03/2022

Chris Singletary
Chris Singletary National Recruiting Expert

Projection

Power 4 Starter

Measuring in at 6-foot-2.5 and weighing 244-pounds he has a lot of room to add mass as he matures and develops in the weight room.
The build and frame he has is one that has good muscle definition with no bad weight on him. His broad shoulder along with good length with a 78-inch wing further validate the ability to add weight. Another sign of his growth potential is the size 16 shoe that he sports.
Thompson is a fluid moving player that can play in either an even or odd front defensive scheme. He can line up either in the 7 tech., 5tech or 4I and be comfortable and capable in all of these alignments. Does a nice job using his hands and length versus the run game and in pass rush. He is able to disengage blockers to get off the block and make plays. For a long angular player he plays with good pad level the majority of time causing the offense from having a big target to try and strike when blocking him. Can anchor down and hold the point in the run game, where you see he is very disciplined When he is rushing the passer he utilizes an up and move as well as the speed to power technique as his go to moves. He is adept at angling and stunting on the move to gain ground and get into the backfield. Flashes a good motor and good football instincts as he does a nice job with read and recognition on different blocking schemes.
The upside for this guy is very good as he continues to grow. He will need to work to maintain his athleticism and flexibility. The mold that he will give colleges to build on is promising as his best football is ahead of him. Being a power-5 starter with further advancement is not out of the question.

H.S. Athletic Background

2021: Totaled 30 tackles (12 for loss) and 10 sacks. Also saw time on the offensive line.
2020: Totaled 8 sacks, 15 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Helped Cass Tech to a 9-1 record and a Michigan Division I fourth-round playoff appearance as a sophomore.

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