Lufkin safety Jerrin Thompson (second from right) earned a Texas offer in July. (Mike Craven)

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Commitment 101: Four-star safety Jerrin Thompson becomes Texas’ 14th 2020 pledge

Posted August 11th, 2019

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Texas’ 2020 recruiting class gained its 14th member on Sunday when four-star safety Jerrin Thompson pledged to the Longhorns. The 6-0.5, 183-pound product of Lufkin High School picked up an offer from Tom Herman’s staff on July 23. He’s the first safety committed to the Longhorns in the 2020 cycle. 

Thompson was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore. He earned Defensive MVP honors in District 8-5A Division I in 2018. Thompson is a ball hawk who recorded at least 90 tackles in the last two seasons on varsity. He also has five interceptions and ranks No. 45 on the 2020 Fabulous 55

The 2020 class is now ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12.

Skill set: Jerrin is an athletic ball hawk who can cover like a cornerback and hit like a safety. His ability to play safety or at nickel gives him coveted versatility against spread offenses. He’s next in the long list of athletic, versatile safeties from East Texas. Texas has leaned on East Texas for defensive back prospects like Josh Thompson, Brandon Jones, and DeMarvion Overshown. 

Immediate impact: The potential impact of any safety prospect entering Texas’ program depends on the continued progression of B.J. Foster and Caden Sterns. The two will be juniors with high NFL Draft aspirations when Jerrin and the rest of the 2020 class reaches campus. There shouldn’t be much need for a true freshman to walk on campus and contribute right away at safety. Still, Jerrin can cut his teeth on special teams and work his way into the two-deep before competing for a starting spot once Sterns and Foster are playing for money. 

Fitting into the program: East Texas kids know how to work. Jerrin fits that mold. He’s a hard-nosed kid who loves football and wants to be great. Those are the types of personalities the Longhorns want to recruit. It isn’t always just about the athletic prowess of a player, though Jerrin is not lacking athleticism. He should fit in well early as a special teams ace and depth in the secondary before eventually building his own niche. 

Recruiting at the position: Texas thought Jerrin Thompson would be joining Duncanville’s Chris Thompson Jr. at the safety position in the 2020 cycle, but Chris pledged to Auburn. The best in-state option available is Alvin Shadow Creek’s Xavion Alford, who is down to Texas and Texas A&M. The Aggies lead for the four-star who plans to announce by the start of his senior season. 

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Van FillingerDECanyon Court (Utah)3July 18
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Ethan PounceyCBWinter Park (Fla.)4Aug. 6
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Princely UmanmielenDEManor4Aug. 12
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Quentin JohnstonWRTemple4Aug. 17
Joshua EatonCBAldine Macarthur4Aug. 23

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