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2017 Texas Football Recruiting: Texas Commitment Josh Thompson

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Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Longhorns landed CB Josh Thompson from Nacogdoches, flipping the East Texas athlete from TCU.  Thompson has a good frame for the position and the competitiveness that Strong, Bedford and Clay Jennings value in their defensive backs.  He blew up fairly recently, winning an invite The Opening (that belies his Top 100 state ranking) where he recorded a sub 4.5 40 and a 36 inch vertical to go with a 6 foot, 180 pound frame.

While the state is stocked with elite cornerback prospects, Thompson's stock is rising and it's clear that the coaches like him as a potential nickel back with the possibility to play cornerback or even free safety.

As usual, Strong is taking his time filling out the class and the fact that both Patterson and Strong coveted him enough to give commitable early offers suggests his upside.  I see that in his frame.  He's very wiry with room to grow, really long arms and he still looks physically immature.  A little S&C will yield a 195 pound athlete who can still run and move laterally.  His HUDL highlights demonstrate a lot of fight - the one at 2:10 is interesting inclusion as he's caught peeking while hand fighting at the LOS against a quality wide receivers, he gets beat on the outside release, competes to recover and knocks the ball out from the trail position.

Very interested to see what Thompson looks like as a senior.  He looks like a typical Beast Texas late bloomer.

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