It is a big week for England athlete Brandon “BJ” Thompson.
The talented 6-foot-6, 200-pound junior, who is the brother of Arkansas State Red Wolves tight end Blake Mack, picked up a scholarship offer from the Red Wolves this morning.
"I had been talking to them for a few days,'' he said. "And my brother told me they were going to call me. But I was a little surprised when the offer finally came. I was hoping it would happen but I wasn’t so sure it would.”
At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, Thompson is a do-everything athlete for Class 2A England. He earned All-State honors in football and basketball and won the triple jump at the state track meet last spring. He played fifth in the Meet of Champs in the triple jump.
He helped lead the Lions to the state championship in basketball and already holds hoop offers from Ouachita Baptist and Texas A@M Commerce.
In fact, the Lions begin the road to repeat as state champs in the regional at Hazen tonight. A victory would qualify England for next week’s state tournament at Marmaduke.
Arkansas State was his first football offer.
"I really like both sports about the same,’’ said Thompson.
He said A-State defensive line coach Brian Early sent him a message via Twitter to call him when he had a chance.
“We are having tests today so we kinda had a free day and we were all in the cafeteria,’’ said Thompson. “So I was able to go ahead and call him since we weren’t doing much.”
Thompson said the Red Wolves are talking about him about playing defensive end “and I think I have the body for that. I like playing defense and I think I’m a better defensive player.”
At tight end he put up good numbers for the Lions, catching 42 passes for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He said after speaking with Early the first person he called was his brother.
“He was pretty excited,’’ he said. “After that I called my Dad, grandmother and mom.”