CLASS OF 2017: JOSH THOMPSON
Nacogdoches, cornerback (5-11, 192)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? Late May of 2016 brought a stream of offers — in one four-day span he was offered by Houston, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. He committed to TCU in mid-June; Texas didn’t offer him until July 24, the day after he was at UT for a camp. Three days after Texas offered, he flipped from the Horned Frogs to the Longhorns. He stuck with his pledge after the coaching change.
STAR RATING: 4
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 302nd; Fab 55, 50th; Position, 35th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 226
AT NACOGDOCHES: Was an all-state and two-time all-district performer and was invited to The Opening last summer. Started his final two seasons and they’re still probably talking about the Kilgore game last fall, when Thompson scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and had nine tackles, three for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
2014: Helped Nacogdoches to a 7-4 record and 5A playoffs
2015: 33 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 1 INT, 1 TFL
2016: 71 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 INTs, 5 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 4 recoveries
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Texas has several cornerbacks already in the mix — Kris Boyd, Holton Hill, Antwuan Davis, Davante Davis and Eric Cuffee to start off — so finding his way onto the field as a freshman will be a challenge. The Longhorns also signed Lake Dallas corner Kobe Boyce in 2017 and are going after more corners for 2018.
THEY SAID IT: “I look at this town (Nacogdoches) and say, this is not where I actually want to be. A lot of people try to pull you to places you don’t want to go. I’m going to college in a few months. I’m not looking for any trouble.” — Josh Thomas
DID YOU KNOW?
- Like many high school athletes, Thompson wasn’t really sure he was NCAA material — until he got that first scholarship offer from SMU. “March 21, 2016,” Thompson said. “The first offer, it just really built everything else. I started getting followed by all kinds of coaches. From that, it just started falling into place. Coaches were hitting me up and not even really getting to know me. Just give me a call and they would offer. Hey, at least get to know me first!”
- Thompson truly believed Tom Herman wouldn’t accept an offer from Texas after watching him blast the rumors on TV before the Cougars’ final regular-season game. But former Nacogdoches teammate Brandon Jones had other ideas. “Brandon, he knew they were going to get him. He thought it would be Herman,” Thompson said.
- Thompson’s mother Mia and his father Patrick are glad their son is basically a homebody. With no brothers or sisters, “All the focus is on you,” Thompson said with a laugh. He said he quit his job at the local gas station to focus on working out and preparing for his future. At Texas, he wants to major in sports marketing. “I’m going to stay on top of my grades,” he said. “I’m just ready to go and work. That’s how I look at it.”
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