Thompson ‘open' after Hope firing

Johnny Thompson

Johnny Thompson felt comfortable on Purdue's campus this summer, and it was enough to secure the three-star's commitment. However, since the news broke on Sunday of the school parting ways with head coach Danny Hope, things have changed.

Johnny Thompson committed to Purdue over the summer and he thought the recruiting process was over. The Winder (Ga.) Apalachee three-star defensive end hinted at possibly taking visits later on, but it never materialized into a serious want because of his status with Purdue.

Then on Sunday, reports surfaced of Danny Hope being let go by the school's administration.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," admitted Thompson soon after. "The coach has been fired."

The No. 96-rated defensive end in the class of 2013 claimed a handful of offers before he pledged to Purdue, but now it's a matter of cycling back to confirm which extensions remain on the table.

"I just like to know who else I have offers from," he said.

While programs like Wake Forest and Ohio are somewhat in question now in terms of his scholarship to each school, others are more clear considering the communication he continued to have with a trio of schools still in the mix.

"I think I still got Colorado State, Syracuse and Louisiana," said Thompson. "I've always been connected to those schools."

The 6-foot-3, 2-5-pounder will pursue other options, but it doesn't mean the Boilermakers are out of the running just yet. The hiring process will be big for the Peach State prospect going forward, but there hasn't been a de-commitment just yet.

Said Thompson, "I'm going to look around. I'm committed to Purdue and open to talking to others."

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