Army after Kansas running back

Army has joined the chase for an elite running back from the rich talent pool in Wichita. Following offers from Kansas State and Minnesota, Army contacted Deron Thompson of Wichita (Kan.) Northwest High School and let him know of their own ambition to retain for his services. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound scat back says it was an unexpected thrill to receive an offer from the Black Knight coaches.

Army has joined the chase for an elite running back from the rich talent pool in Wichita. Following offers from Kansas State and Minnesota, Army contacted Deron Thompson of Wichita (Kan.) Northwest High School and let him know of their own ambition to retain for his services. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound scat back says it was an unexpected thrill to receive an offer from the Black Knight coaches.

"I know a little about Army," Thompson said, "They have a good history in college football. It's one of the nation's top schools. I'm liking them a little bit more and more after doing research on them. I just started talking to them, so I'm finding out some things. As time goes on, I'll have a better feel for whether or not it's something I think I'd like to do.

"Coach Mumford called me last Wednesday. He told me they were very interested. They loved my film and he said it showed them I could do a lot of the things they're looking for in a running back. At the end of the conversation, he said they wanted to offer me. It came as a bit of surprise. Offers are starting to come in for me and I'm proud to have that one for sure."

This past weekend, Thompson visited Nebraska for their Spring Game. He's also made visits to Kansas and Minnesota. The Golden Gopher staff offered Thompson two weeks ago prior to receiving the Army offer last week.

"I'm still open but Kansas State and Minnesota are in my top five to stay," he said. "I'm going to be doing a lot of research of schools and programs. The number one thing I'm looking for is a place to get a god education that will give me a chance to have a good life for myself after football. Next would be finding the best program where I feel like I'll have the opportunity to accomplish all of my goals when I get on the field. With my track schedule, I'm not sure when I can get out to West Point this spring, but I'm going to stay in touch with Coach Mumford and maybe he can come see me during our spring practice."

At Northwest, Thompson earned a significant amount of playing time as a freshman. He rushed for 1,482 yards on 190 carries and accounted for 17 touchdowns on the 2012 season. He was named All-State in Kansas 6A, All-Metro in the Greater Wichita area, and All-City. As a senior for the Grizzlies, Thompson wants to push himself even further.

"I'm confident we're going to have a big year," said Thompson. "My offensive line is going to be tight, so I'm going for the 2,000 yard mark. I'd like to have more receiving yards and touchdowns to show that I can catch the ball as well as I can run it. I'm going to playing in the slot, running some jet sweeps, and doing special teams to show I'm a multi-dimensional player. The main goal is that we make a deep playoff run. I think we'll have the team to make it far this time around."

Thompson competes in track and field in the 100 and 200 meter dash and the 4 by 1 relay. His best event is the 200 with a top time of 21.6. Although he's not certain yet, Thompson is keeping the option of early graduation from Northwest open.


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