On3 has updated its recruiting ranking for the 2024 class following the first month of the high school football season. Dillon (S.C.) five-star offensive tackle and South Carolina commit Josiah Thompson is the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2024 On300 and a new five-star prospect, jumping up from No. 18 in On3’s previous rankings.
The latest edition of On3’s 2024 rankings features 19 five-star players, up from 15 in the previous update in April. Of those 19 prospects, 17 are already committed to college programs, with five-star wide receiver Micah Hudson and defensive lineman David Stone the latest to come off the board to Texas Tech and Oklahoma, respectively.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Thompson committed to South Carolina on April 14 over the likes of Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. The Gamecocks were the first to offer Thompson, doing so back on Nov. 2, 2020. As relationships were built, staying in-state to play for Shane Beamer and Co. was the right call for the lineman.
“What stood out ultimately about South Carolina is the way the coaches want you to become great on and off the field,” Thompson told On3. “I love the way they work hard every day. Working hard will help you achieve something great…
“Coach Beamer is doing a great job. He is catching a lot of eyes with what he is doing at South Carolina. He has a great bond with his players and he is making the team better.”
Josiah Thompson Scouting Summary
On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings Charles Power writes this about him as a prospect:
“Physically-gifted offensive tackle prospect with plus length and reactive movement skills. Measured in at around 6-foot-6, 275 pounds prior to his junior season. Has plus length and a big frame to continue adding weight. A twitchy mover for the position. Flexible athlete who plays low and with good pad level. Gets underneath the pads of opposing defensive linemen.
Generates a push as a run blocker. Has some of the better reactive quickness among offensive tackles in the 2024 cycle. Will need to develop his pass set technique, but has the natural tools to be a top pass protector, likely as a left tackle. Has a developmental frame, but may need time in the weight room to add strength and mass. A high-upside prospect who projects as one of the top offensive tackles in the cycle pending further development.”