Colin Thompson, TE, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood Catholic
(CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / January 5, 2012)
Like fellow TE Kent Taylor, Thompson's commitment to Florida came in part because of the reputation of former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. But after Weis¿ departure for Kansas in December, Thompson remained committed and praised the hire of Brent Pease.
One of the top tight end recruits in the country -- Scout.com and ESPNU both have him at No. 2 -- Thompson chose UF over Wisconsin and Boston College when he announced his decision in May. He took his only official visit in January to visit UF before signing day.
In Thompson, Florida gets perhaps the best blocking tight end in the class. At 255 pounds, Thompson has the size and blocking skills that allowed him to stand out in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Rivals: No. 8 TE in the nation
Scout: No. 6 TE
247sports: No. 3 TE
Sentinel state rankings: N/A
Rivals Pa. rankings: No. 7 overall
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GAINESVILLE — After going under the knife during the spring, Colin Thompson will undergo a second surgery on his right foot Wednesday that could sideline him for the first two months of the upcoming season.
Thompson, who was rated the No. 6 tight end in the nation among class of 2012 recruits, will have a screw placed during this week’s procedure.
“I met with [team physician] Mike Moser several days ago and generally this is a six-week procedure but he’s re-doing a procedure so he said, ‘Will, it’s probably going to be longer than that,’” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “He was looking in the eight-week range, but he didn’t want to give me — he knows when I hear something that’s what I go by.”
While Moser and Muschamp do not know whether the initial operation was performed correctly, the current issue is that Thompson’s foot did not heal properly.
With Thompson likely sidelined for a significant portion of the regular season, Florida has Jordan Reed, Kent Taylor, Clay Burton, Tevin Westbrook and Omarius Hines as its remaining tight ends on scholarship.
Only Taylor, the top-ranked tight end recruit in the Class of 2012, is a natural tight end.
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