After recent struggles in recruiting at the cornerback position, the Texas Longhorns finally got some good news on Wednesday afternoon when Nacogdoches product Josh Thompson flipped to the ‘Horns from the TCU Horned Frogs in an announcement via Twitter.
Once Again This Is My Decision.. Thanks To Everyone Who Is With Me. pic.twitter.com/xZ4o3zezTS— Josh Thompson ⁶ (@given__talent) July 27, 2016
The 6’0, 182-pounder picked up his long-awaited offer on Sunday after a strong performance at the Under the Lights camp on Saturday evening and didn’t need long to make his decision.
Lake Dallas cornerback Kobe Boyce, a Texas pledge who is close with Thompson, had seemingly teased the flip earlier in the day:
big news today— Kobe Boyce (@KobeBoyce3) July 27, 2016
And he was correct.
Thompson committed to TCU on June 12 over offers from the likes of Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech, but Texas had been in the mix for some time.
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.
Prior to the Under the Lights camp, Thompson had visited Austin twice — for the Junior Day in late February and for the Orange and White game, so he’d made his interest clear despite the fact the staff hadn’t yet offered.
The commitment of Thompson continues a run of recent success in East Texas for the Longhorns, as he’ll join his former teammate and Hooks safety Montrell Estell in Austin. All three of those prospects are big coups for Traylor, the area recruiter, who has solidified himself as a star in an area long controlled by the Aggies.
An alum of The Opening Finals, Thompson is ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Thompson is the No. 619 player nationally, the No. 67 cornerback, and the No. 87 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
At The Opening Finals in July, Thompson posted respectable testing numbers — a 4.57 40-yard, 4.27 shuttle, and 40.4-inch vertical leap.
During his 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.
Thompson is now the second cornerback commit in the class, joining Boyce, and the seventh pledge overall. The ‘Horns currently rank No. 48 nationally and No. 5 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.