Thompson picks ECU Pirates

Nation's No. 6 safety values comfortable, family atmosphere over popular pick

Updated: January 5, 2012, 9:21 PM ET
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting Nation

In the world of players wanting to go to the powerhouse BCS programs, Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange safety Lucas Thompson has chosen to take the road less traveled.

The 6-foot, 185-pound four-star prospect chose East Carolina over Miami and South Carolina, and announced his decision Thursday night at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Other offers included South Florida, Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Illinois.

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