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Nation’s top 2020 safety holds Texas high
Chris Thompson Jr., a 2020 safety from Duncanville, made his way to Austin for the Heat Wave recruiting event held by the Texas staff last weekend. Thompson is a top priority for the Longhorns in the 2020 class, as is his teammate, Ja’Quinden Jackson. Both hold UT offers and the duo plans on going through the recruiting process together.
“We talk about it all the time. We plan on going on the same school, but it’s still early and things can change,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day, we both need to do what is best for us. Hopefully that is the same school.”
Thompson holds 13 offers and was recently ranked as the No. 1 safety in the class of 2020 by 247Sports. He’s the No. 4-ranked player on the Next 25. The 6-2, 180-pound four-star was the District 7-6A defensive sophomore of the year in 2017. He’s not letting the accolades and attention get to his head. If anything, it’s pushing him harder.
“I was happy to be ranked No. 1 but now I have a target on my back,” he said. “The work is just beginning and there is a lot for me to improve on.”
Thompson spent most of his time on campus with Texas defensive back Josh Thompson. He already feels at home in Austin, he said, and there are some factors he holds in high regard when it comes to his future school.
“The players interact with me like I’m one of them,” Thompson said. “The things I’m looking for in a school are if I can connect with the coaches and education, of course.”
Alec Bryant awaits offer from Longhorns
Another top 2020 prospect on campus for the Heat Wave was defensive end Alec Bryant. The 6-3, 230-pound four-star defensive end from Pearland Shadow Creek is the No. 9-ranked player on the Next 25. It’s safe to say he was impressed with his trip to Austin. Now, it’s a waiting game.
“It was amazing. I loved it. I’m just waiting to pull the trigger when they offer,” Bryant said on Saturday. “Coach (Oscar) Giles says he wants to offer, but coach (Tom) Herman wants to wait on the 2020 guys and slow-play me, but it is all right.”
Bryant said an offer would put Texas in his top three along with TCU and Oklahoma. He plans on visiting Oklahoma in July before shutting down his unofficial visits until after his junior season. He holds 10 offers and is the younger brother of Indiana defensive end Alfred Bryant.
“If I don’t get (a Texas offer), I just have to keep working and be grateful for what I have and keep getting better,” Bryant said. “I like Giles and how the defensive end and outside linebacker are used in the defense.”
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