The road back
Vee Thompson is making his way back. New Red Devil football fans - those starting to follow the team midway through last season - didn’t have the pleasure of watching him play.
Others will know that Thompson spent most of last season rehabbing an injury, his second in two seasons with Clinton High football.
Now, Thompson will have the chance to put the injury behind him and realize a football goal - playing at the next level.
“Vee is our fourth football player (from the 2015 squad) to sign,” Clinton High football head coach Andrew Webb said at Thompson’s signing day. “We are proud of him.”
Thompson’s injuries included a torn ACL. He was cleared medically in early April, and signed today a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. He also visited at Charleston Southern and was accepted at Wofford College.
“I want to thank God for the chance to realize one of my goals, playing at the next level,” Thompson said.
In addition to an injury that knocked him out of last season’s second game against Greer, Thompson was hurt the season before playing running back in the season opener at AC Flora. Standing on the Red Devil sidelines those two seasons gave Thompson a new perspective.
“I’m a student of the game,” he said. “I could encourage them, tell them if I was out there, how I would play. It helped my visualization.”
Thompson said he’s missed “a whole season of football all together,” and he is anxious to get back on the gridiron. Coaches for the NCAA Division III Monarchs told Thompson he has a shot at playing time right off the bat.
He will play in the defensive backfield and return kicks. His summer goals are getting his speed back, and packing on 15 to 20 pounds of muscle. Thompson will major in accounting and says his future goals with that degree are undecided.
“Clinton High is a family. You depend on others more than yourself,” said Thompson, adding that he got that vibe at Methodist University, as well.
Thompson is the 11th Clinton High student-athlete this spring to sign on with a college sports program - including football players Tay Cook, Donaven Blackmon and Jay Fuller.