Thompson remains an Eagle, chooses Morehead State

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Graves County senior linebacker Riley Thompson signs to play college football at Morehead State University. Pictured (from left, front) father, Jeff Thompson, Riley Thompson and mother, Mary Thompson; (back) uncle Pete Galloway, Aunt Donna Galloway, Uncle Johnny Hamm, Aunt Vicki Hamm and grandmother, Shirley Grasty.

A week after Graves County senior linebacker Cody Goatley announced he would be accepting a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Kentucky, good news continues to pour from the Eagles' football program.

Senior wide receiver and defensive back Riley Thompson has announced he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Morehead State University.

While considering multiple options including offers from Kentucky Wesleyan College, Bethel University, Lindsey Wilson College and Hanover College, Thompson said the connections he made at Morehead helped sway his decision to remain an Eagle.

"I had an overnight visit at Morehead and I stayed with a bunch of the players and after getting to hang out and talk with them, they just really made me want to go there, I really connected with all of them."

Thompson had a solid senior season for the Graves County Eagles on both sides of the ball, splitting time as a wide receiver on offense and defensive back/linebacker on defense.

At receiver, Thompson amassed 51 yards on five receptions with one touchdown.

On defense, Thompson was all over the place as an important piece of the Eagles' defense.

Thompson recorded 25 total tackles including five tackles for a loss and one defensive sack while also forcing two fumbles and recovering one.

As he transitions to Morehead State, Thompson plans to spend a majority of his time at inside or outside linebacker and will look to get some early reps on special teams as soon as possible this fall.