On Saturday, Tom Herman flipped Oklahoma quarterback commit Cameron Rising, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bob Stoops and the Sooners are trying to return the favor and revisit the market on Texas Longhorns pledge Casey Thompson.
“OU hit me up already,” Thompson told Burnt Orange Nation following the news of Rising’s flip.
While the interest from Oklahoma doesn’t appear to be reciprocated at this point, which is obviously still very early and BON is still seeking details, Thompson indicated that Rising’s pledge doesn’t impact his current commitment status to the Longhorns.
“I’ve been knowing,” Thompson said of Rising’s commitment and whether or not it impacts his pledge to Texas. “Me and the [Texas] coaches have a very good relationship. I knew they planned to take 2 from the jump. Their current QB room is thin!”
What may prove to be key for Texas holding onto Thompson’s pledge and fending off any pursuit from Oklahoma may very well have to do with the Longhorns initially prioritizing Thompson.
“I was their first choice,” Thompson said of the Longhorns.
Although Rising had long been committed to Oklahoma, it’s true that Thompson was Texas’ first option at quarterback and the first ‘committable’ quarterback take of the 2018 class. Herman and the ‘Horns offered Thompson on January 19 before offering Rising nearly three weeks later on February 7. Thomson then subsequently became the ‘Horns first quarterback take of the class on April 13 after evaluations and with intentions to take two quarterbacks from the jump, Texas then earned a flip from Rising on April 22.
Additionally, when BON previously spoke with Thompson in late February, he said he wasn’t “scared of competition” in Austin with Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger in the fold, and it’s unlikely that mentality changes, at least yet.
In any case, as Thompson said, Oklahoma has already reached out and until the Sooners get a firm “no,” there’s good reason to believe Stoops and his staff will try to make Texas’ first choice their backup choice.