K-State At The Top For Thompson

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The city of Wichita has produced some great running backs like Barry Sanders, Bryce Brown, and Don Calhoun. Kansas State was the first to offer Deron Thompson of Wichita (Kan.) Northwest.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound scat back has seen his offer list increase by two in the past couple of weeks, but he still is staying in close contact with the Wildcat staff and currently ranks K-State in his top five.

"When I was at a Junior Day in March," Thompson said, "the head coach, Bill Snyder, offered me. He said he thought I could bring something good to the team with my speed. They have a rich tradition with smaller running backs. He liked that I was a multi-dimensional player who can catch, run, and block well. He could see me playing in different areas like special teams, running jet sweeps, or at slot receiver.

"I have to say I was pretty happy to receive the offer. It wasn't something I was expecting when I went up there for the visit. I like K-State a lot. They've trying to have a winning mindset going in to every season. The past couple of years have been good for them and I'm looking to see them do really well again this season. The opportunity there is a pretty good one. With my track schedule, I'm not sure when I can get back other there this spring, but I talk all the time with Blake Seiler."

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 and he received this third offer from Army last Wednesday.

"I'm still open but Kansas State and Minnesota are in my top five to stay," he said. "The offers are starting to come in now. 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."

At Northwest, Thompson earned a significant amount of playing time as a freshman. He rushed for 1482 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 2000 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. 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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