For the first time throughout the 2020 cycle, Shaka Smart and his staff have extended their recruiting efforts across the Red River, as the Texas Longhorns are now the latest to offer Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington shooting guard Bryce Thompson, he announced on Twitter.
The offer comes on the heels of Smart watching Thompson in person on Sunday to cap the live period.
In turn, Thompson becomes just the third shooting guard prospect to pick up a Texas offer, alongside Five-star Norcross (Ga.) star Brandon Boston Jr. and Montverde (Fla.) Academy standout Moses Moody. Thompson’s Texas offer brings his total to 11, as the Longhorns now join familiar recruiting foes such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Arkansas in pursuit of the four-star prospect.
Of those in the mix, Kansas is currently considered the slight frontrunner, owning two of Thompson’s four Crystal Ball projections, and understandably so. Beyond hosting Thompson for a trio of unofficial visits throughout his recruitment, Kansas coach Bill Self actually coached Thompson’s father in college, so there’s an obvious tie between the two sides.
Unsurprisingly given the close proximity, Thompson has toured Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on multiple occasions, as well, with each program receiving a Crystal Ball pick of their own. Elsewhere, aside from unofficial trips to Missouri, Iowa, and Arkansas, Thompson has already utilized three of his official visits on trips to Colorado, Texas A&M, and Arkansas.
With Texas throwing its name into the hat a bit late, the Longhorns will almost certainly need to secure one of Thompson’s final two visits to emerge as a legitimate threat in his recruitment.
A 6’5, 180-pound wing with a smooth, if not flashy offensive game, Thompson is ranked as the nation’s No. 63 player overall, as the No. 15 shooting guard, and as the No. 1 player in Oklahoma, per the 247Sports Composite.
Texas is still seeking its first 2020 pledge.