Pitt will be receiving an official visit from Jalon Thompson at the end of June.
Thompson — a 6-foot, 180-pound three-star safety at Olympia High in Orlando, Florida — announced that he will be making an official visit to Pitt from June 22-24.
— Jalon “JT” Thompson (@_4Jalon) May 29, 2023
Pitt jumped into the fold for Thompson just this month, with Tim Salem extending an official offer on May 9.
“It feels great,” Thompson told PSN earlier this month. “It’s a very good defensive program, and they have a really good defensive scheme, and they like to compete with the top schools being in the ACC, and it feels good.”
Pitt joined the likes of Cincinnati, FAU, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Purdue, USF, UCF, Vanderbilt and West Virginia in extending an offer.
Thompson had been in communication with Pitt’s coaching staff since his sophomore season at Olympia, and it’s been consistent communication since Archie Collins and Cory Sanders have started talking to him.
In talking to Collins and Sanders, who see him as a safety right now, and who have also been teaching him more and more about Pitt with each call, they’ve been very complimentary of a particular attribute of his.
“Speed,” Thompson said. “They really love the speed because they’re a very physical team. They like to play a lot of man press, and they can use my speed for that.”
Thompson does a little bit of everything at Olympia, playing cornerback, safety, nickel and even linebacker if called upon, and it’s all the pursuit of helping the Titans win. His fluidity and versatility are what makes him stand out to coaches right now, at least in his eyes. He does like dropping back in coverage to play that centerfielder role though, picking off passes and taking them back to the house.
As a junior at Olympia last season, Thompson recorded 17 tackles (nine solo), a team-high two interceptions and served as a key kick returner for the Titans.
247Sports rates him as the 622nd-ranked recruit in the class (59th-ranked safety and the 92nd-ranked recruit from Florida) while Rivals rates him as the 47th-ranked safety and the 89th-ranked recruit from Florida — holding a 5.7 Rivals Rating.
On3 rates Thompson as the 603rd-ranked recruit in the class (43rd-ranked safety and the 67th-ranked recruit from Florida).
Thompson will be in UCF this week, and he has an official visit scheduled for North Carolina the following weekend. Pitt, with likely his final official visit of June, has worked its way into contention.
“I feel very good about them,” Thompson said. “They really care about the athlete as a person as well as on the field, they care about relationships. They’re not talking just to be talking, they’re very straightforward and honest. I like that about them.
“I would say they stand in a pretty good place. Talking with the coaches for a while and really getting to know them, I’d say they’re in a good place.”