The Texas Longhorns flag flies in the end zone prior to kickoff against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson

Posted May 25th, 2017

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RECENT HISTORY: CORNERBACKS

Texas’ top CBs

The Longhorns’ top-performing cornerbacks and freshmen CBs over the past four years:

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2013: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 58 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups; top freshman — Bryson Echols, 11 tackles

2014: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 73 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups; top freshman — Anwuan Davis, 3 tackles

2015: The top corner — Duke Thomas, 58 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups; top freshman — Holton Hill, 49 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery

2016: The top corner — Kris Boyd, 51 tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries; top freshman — None

Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson (2) disrupts a pass during the Dragons’ 46-45 loss to Jacksonville in 2016. He is a part of Tom Herman’s initial 2017 signing class. (The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches)

RECENT SIGNINGS: CORNERBACKS

The last 11 cornerbacks Texas has signed. The Longhorns got three corners in 2015, rated 7th, 11th and 29th nationally at their position. It was the most signed since 2011, when Texas got the nation’s 5th, 7th and 14th rated corners. Texas signed two corners in 2017 and don’t have any committed for 2018 — yet. Numbers in parenthesis reflect that player’s star rating from 247Sports’ composite ratings:

2017: Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches (4). A former high school teammate of UT safety Byron Jones, Thompson is a good blend of size and athleticism. He might play as a freshman.

2017: Kobe Boyce, Lake Dallas (3). He’ll need to bulk up (6-0, 164) before he starts challenging Big 12 receivers, but showed some play-making ability in high school.

2016: Eric Cuffee, Waco (4). Also may be a future option at safety, but getting his first look at corner. He redshirted last fall.

Texas’s Davante Davis breaks up a pass intended for Kansas State’s Kyle Klein during the second half of their game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2015: Holton Hill, Houston Lamar (4). The nation’s 7th-rated corner coming out of high school, Hill started eight games as a freshman and earned honorable mention all-conference honors. He regressed in 2016, playing in five games with three starts.

2015: Kris Boyd, Gilmer (4). Is he Texas’ top corner? Boyd played in every game as a freshman, both as a corner and on special teams. Had 16 tackles and forced a fumble. He led the team in tackles last season and should be a starting fixture in 2017.

2015: Davante Davis, Miami Washington (4). Played in every game as a freshman and started the last five. Like Hill, he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick. He’ll be a junior this fall.

2014: Jermaine Roberts, New Orleans St. Augustine (3). Redshirted in 2014, then got passed up on the depth chart by the freshmen corners of 2015. Left the program earlier this year. Now at Sam Houston State, where he had 31 tackles in 11 games last season.

2013: Antwuan Davis, Bastrop (4). Has played in 31 career games, and started the last five games of 2015. So far, his best game was last year’s loss to Cal, when he had a career-high three tackles and a fumble recovery that led to a field goal. He’s entering his senior year.

2012: Bryson Echols, DeSoto (4). Has logged 26 games in his career, though mostly as a special teamer. Has started one game — in 2014, against Texas Tech. Was the 13th-rated corner in the country in 2012. Ended up at Arizona State in 2016 as a graduate transfer.

2011: Quandre Diggs, Angleton (4). The fifth-rated corner of 2011, Diggs became a four-year starter (49 starts in 52 career games). Finished up tied for No. 9 on UT’s career interceptions list, and was a three-time All-Big 12 pick. He’s now a Detroit Lion.

2011: Josh Turner, Oklahoma City Millwood (4). Turner, rated the seventh corner of 2011, played in 46 career games at Texas but never started one. Also holds the distinction of being one of the few Longhorns that were kicked off the team by Charlie Strong, then later allowed to come back.

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