After a stellar high school career that ended with multiple major college offers and the recognition that comes with being one of the best prep players in Illinois, freshman defensive lineman Dylan Thompson was hoping to start his Ohio State career on the right foot. Sadly, it looks like he'll need to wait a little longer to do so.
As first reported by Patrick Maks, Thompson has a fractured kneecap, and will be out for at least the next 2-3 months. Per Maks, "Thompson sustained the injury last week during practice. Surgery was an option to repair the damage, but he ultimately opted against it". An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed the news on Wednesday, confirming that Thompson will be out 'indefinitely'.
Thompson tweeted the following back on on Aug. 8:
Everybody please send prayers my way they are greatly needed and appreciated!— Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59) August 9, 2014
When Thompson committed, our Christopher Jason had this to say about his potential:
Thompson is a very solid defensive tackle who has the intangibles to get into the defensive line rotation right away. He is a workout warrior and does well against the run and as a pass rusher. He is quick off the ball for his size and is a disruptive force on the line of scrimmage. By mid-to-late season, I expect to see Thompson to see the field in the defensive line rotation.
Best wishes to Thompson. Hopefully he has a speedy and complete recovery.