Jackson's Teammate Opens Recruiting

The departure of R.C. Slocum as head coach of Texas A&M could leave a few of the school's commitments for 2003 reconsidering their previous decisions. Count a teammate of newest Iowa State commitment Deandre Jackson as one of them.

Garland (Texas) linebacker TaTa Thompson has already set an official visit to Arizona State for this weekend to go along with his trip to Texas A&M on Dec. 13-14. According to a HeartlandRecruiting.com story posted Tuesday night, Thompson has tentatively set an official visit to ISU for the weekend of Jan. 17-18.

"I've opened it up a whole lot by now," said Thompson in an interview with Cyclone Nation Tuesday night. "With something like that you really don't know what's going to happen, so you have to explore other things. I've made the decision to go ahead and keep all options open.

"It just goes by whoever calls me. There is no timeframe for me right now. If they want to set something up on a weekend that I'm not on another visit, I'll take it."

Although Thompson said he hasn't researched ISU very much in the past, his relationship with Jackson could change that.

"I really don't know that much about Iowa State," Thompson said. "But if it came down to me really wanting to go there, if I was 75 percent sure that I wanted to go there and that 25 percent that would push me over would be because Deandre is going there."

Thompson said he is disappointed with the happenings in College Station, but didn't rule out the possibility of staying with the Aggies once a new coach is hired.

"It's kind of rough to the effect that you really don't know what's going to happen," he said. "I am committed to A&M and did want to go there, but if it doesn't work out with the new coach not offering his commitments then I'll be forced to go somewhere else."

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