DeAndre Thompkins possesses the skills and speed every head coach wants to see in a wide receiver. Clocked as the team's fastest player in the 40-yard dash during spring testing, true freshman Thompkins is poised to make an immediate impact on the Nittany Lion receiving corps. He enrolled at Penn State in January 2014 and has made a good transition to the academic and football requirements and routine. Among the nation's top high school receivers at Swansboro High School, Thompkins was ranked 66th in the 2014 ESPN 300 and played in the Under Armour All-America game and was invited to ESPN's "The Opening." The multi-talented wideout saw time at running back and in the defensive secondary, along with returning kickoffs and punts. He amassed more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during his junior season and gained nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. With the departure of two-time Big Ten Receiver-of-the-Year Allen Robinson and senior Brandon Felder, Thompkins is on track to make a seamless transition into the wide receiver rotation in the fall. Thompkins is among two Nittany Lions from North Carolina, joining Hunter Crafford.
Thompkins was a two-time letterman at Swansboro High School for coach Tim Laspada. He played multiple positions, spending time at running back and receiver, along with returning kickoffs and punts, and was invited to ESPN's "The Opening." Thompkins was an Under Armour All-American as a senior and rushed for 699 yards and nine touchdowns, while making 28 receptions for 269 yards and four scores. Thompkins helped the Pirates to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs as a senior team captain. He amassed more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during his junior season and gained nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. He also saw time in the secondary where he totaled 100 tackles, two interceptions and recovered seven fumbles. Thompkins was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, ranking 66th in the ESPN 300. He played in the Under Armour All-America game, was a top 10 recruit in North Carolina by ESPN (5th) and 247Sports.com (10th) and was rated among the nation's top 40 prep wide receivers by three of the major recruiting services.
Full name is DeAndre Lewis Thompkins. He is the son of Shawn and Jawanna Thompkins, and has one younger brother, Tayshawn. His mother, Jawanna, played softball at Florida A&M University. Thompkins enjoys playing the guitar and watching movies. He is interested in majoring in psychology to pursue a career in neuropsychology. Born October 1, 1995 in Pensacola, Fla.