Fort Osage, Mo., quarterback Skylar Thompson (6-2, 195), who accounted for nearly 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns with his arms and legs, will be visiting the Razorbacks for their scrimmage on Saturday.
It will give him a chance to get to know new Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos, who he has talked to on the phone.
“He’s contacted me and seems like a very good guy and definitely knows what he is talking about,” Thompson said. “He seems like a really good coach and this will give me a chance to get to know him in person, watch the scrimmage and see what they are all about.”
Razorback head coach Bret Bielema hired Enos to replace Jim Chaney, who had worked with Thompson at one of the Arkansas summer camps last season.
“I really only got to know Coach Chaney so this will give me a chance to be around Coach Bielema as well,” Thompson said. “I’m really looking forward to that as well.”
He certainly took notice of Arkansas’ 7-6 mark during the 2014 season, which saw the Razorbacks win three of its last four games after seeing its SEC losing streak extend to 17.
That included wins over No. 17 LSU and No. 8 Ole Miss as well as Arkansas’ 31-7 thrashing of Texas in the Texas Bowl.
“They were so much better, but it seemed like for the longest time that they would just make that one play late that would cost them the game,” Thompson said. “But they stayed after it and finally got rewarded and it was great to see.
“The Arkansas program is really coming on. I think they are going to have a great season.”
Thompson has offers so far from Kansas, North Dakota State and Illinois State as well as interest from a host of schools, who have told him they are coming to see him this spring.
Those include Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wake Forest UCLA, Oklahoma, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Iowa State.
“I went down to a camp in Dallas about two weeks ago and did really well and that has really gotten me a lot of interest from teams,” Thompson said. “I think several teams are close to offering because of that and have told me they will be here to see me throw this spring.”
Thompson, who will visit Wake Forest on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Arkansas, was 158-of-244 passing for 2,385 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions and also rushed for 480 yards and 10 more scores.
He was the only junior among the four finalists for the Simone Award, given to the top football player in the Kansas City.
“I think I had a pretty good year, but you always can make better decisions and better throws,” Thompson said. “We were running a new offense and I got more and more comfortable as the season went along.
“I feel real confident that we are going to be able to put up a lot of points on just about anybody and just need to replace some guys on defense. Our program has always been about a strong defense and fundamentals on offense.
Fort Osage finished the season 11-1 with a big swing of emotions in its final two games of the season.
The Indians’ rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to down Winnetonka 36-26 in the Class 5 district championship game.
Fort Osage then suffered a heart-breaking 21-20 loss in the quarterfinals to Park Hill in which Thompson had 178 yards passing and 132 rushing.
The Indians lost when their field goal kicker – who had been perfect on his other five attempts – missed a chip-shot kick with nine seconds left.
“It was devastating to have that open, something you really have no control over, but we win as a team and we lose as a team and we will be better for overcoming that adversity next season,” Thompson said.
“We have been working to just finish off the season in right fashion next season. In all honesty, there were so many situations in that game that we could have taken care of so that kick would even have been needed.”