The Monday commitment of Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Chevin Calloway to the Iowa Hawkeyes means the Texas Longhorns will have to look elsewhere to add another another cornerback to the 2017 recruiting class.
One of the top names on the board for head coach Charlie Strong and his staff could be Nacogdoches product Josh Thompson, who is currently committed to the TCU Horned Frogs.
The staff made contact with Thompson during the lead up to National Signing Day while area recruiter Jeff Traylor was closing with Thompson’s former teammate, Brandon Jones, the nation’s No. 1 safety who picked the ‘Horns on the final day of the process.
Since then, the 6’0, 179-pound Thompson visited Austin twice — for the Junior Day in late February and for the Orange and White game, so he’s made his interest clear despite the fact the staff hasn’t yet offered.
Thompson did opt to commit to TCU on June 12 over offers from the likes of Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.
If Texas does extend an offer, Traylor’s connections to East Texas the fact that Jones is a Longhorn would seemingly give the state’s flagship program a shot at flipping Thompson from the Horned Frogs.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Thompson is the No. 626 player nationally, the No. 63 cornerback, and the No. 88 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
At The Opening Finals last week, Thompson posted respectable testing numbers — a 4.57 40-yard, 4.27 shuttle, and 40.4-inch vertical leap.
During Thompson’s junior season, he posted 36 tackles, one tackle for loss, and nine passes broken up.
In pads, that athleticism shows up, as Thompson has the ability to find the football and elevate to knock passes away, in addition to flashing some physicality as a tackler. There’s a good base skill set there for Thompson.
The bottom line is that TCU evaluates defensive backs as well as anyone, so if head coach Gary Patterson thinks that Thompson can play, Thompson can play.
Numbers at the position and a desire to conduct thorough evaluations have the Longhorns taking a bit more time, but don’t be surprised if Strong eventually comes to the same conclusion as Patterson.