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Meet the new Longhorns: Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson ‘not afraid to fail’ as a cornerback

Posted February 1st, 2017

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Josh Thompson, CB, Nacogdoches

FYI: 6-0/182; No. 302nd-ranked overall prospect and the No. 35-ranked cornerback. Ranked No. 50 on the Fab 55.

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Update: Another holdover from the class that Charlie Strong was building at Texas, Thompson is an underrated cornerback with a solid blend of size, length and athleticism. Strong’s staff preferred big cornerbacks, and Thompson fits the bill with a 6-foot frame. He’s a playmaker at a school known for producing big-time secondary talent — Texas’ Brandon Jones was a high school teammate of his at Nacogdoches. Thompson could develop into a safety at Texas, but he’s athletic enough to stay at cornerback. He uses his body well and is a physical player for a high school cornerback. He’s not a liability in run support like a lot of young corners.

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