Chicago Phillips Academy cornerback Joseph Thompson flipped his verbal commitment on Wednesday.
The 2019 Iowa State commit is now on board with Illinois, he announced via Twitter.
This is my state. Im staying home🔷🔶. Southside Legend🥀… pic.twitter.com/G9hYrebsgU
— KING🦍 (@_JosephT6) April 25, 2018
Thompson’s de-commitment comes nearly a month after he picked Iowa State.
“Iowa State is a really good school and they’re going in the right direction over there and doing a lot of great things over there, but at Illinois, I’ve seen it’ll be like going to Phillips all over again,” Thompson said, according to Illini Inquirer. “I really wanted to stay close to home and play big-time football. That’s what Illinois has to offer me.”
Where Iowa State’s 2019 class stands
The loss of Thompson, a composite 3-star prospect, brings Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class down to seven verbal commitments, including only one defensive back.
Coach Matt Campbell has done a solid job locking down early commitments from a string of 3-star prospects. The class soared to the top of the Big 12 2019 recruiting rankings before Oklahoma received an influx of commitments.
Iowa State is still ranked nationally in the top 25 of 247Sports.com’s composite recruiting rankings and ranks No. 3 in the Big 12.