JUCO QB Allen Thigpen on the Texas Longhorns radar

Ronald Martinez

There aren't many junior college options out there with Max Wittek apparently off the board.

One of the first separate indicators that things weren't going to work out between the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans graduate transfer quarterback Max Wittek was the interest expressed early in the week in Phoenix College quarterback Allen "AJ" Thipgen:

Of course, there was also the brief dalliance with another JUCO quarterback, current Louisville commit Pat Thomas, several weeks ago as well.

Now listed at 6'3 and 212 pounds, Thipgen has apparently put on quite a bit of weight since he was an unrated quarterback without offers out of Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton in the 2013, where he was listed at 6'0 and 180 pounds by 247Sports. His Rivals page out of high school lists him at a more reasonable 6'3, 205.

He does not currently report any offers, but did take an unofficial visit to Arizona last fall.

Thigpen didn't start last fall for Scottsdale and is now at Phoenix College, where he will presumably start in the fall. As a result, his highlights are limited to his high school work at Chandler Hamilton and his spring work with Phoenix College.

In the latter film, his downfield work is mostly down the sideline, a la Case McCoy last season. If he doesn't have his first read available, his feet can get kind of anxious in the pocket -- his presence there does not look especially strong in his spring work at Phoenix College. Other than that, it's hard to get much of a look at the type of throws that he can make from the pocket

In high school, he ran a lot of option and demonstrated that he was a good athlete. This spring, his protection broke down a lot and he was forced to throw on the run, which he prefers to do moving to his right. On broken plays, he can both scramble to throw and scramble to run, suggesting that he could develop some comfort level in the roll-out game that Shawn Watson employed quite often in the Orange-White game.

The main problem that presents itself with Thigpen is that while there aren't really many options out there, he's not a player who projects as a possible contributor this fall unless the staff absolutely wants to bring in a player to help preserve redshirts for Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard. In such a scenario, the coaching staff could essentially concede the season if David Ash can't go and look towards 2015 and play Thigpen even if he wasn't the best option.

If Ash ends up not being able to play and the coaches want to play the best quarterback available, it seems unlikely that it would be Thigpen, assuming that he was a full qualifier out of high school and would be eligible to enroll this summer. If he would be a member of the 2015 class, it would seem to make more sense to take a high school quarterback with more eligibility.

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