DODGE CITY – A year ago Dodge City High School receiver and defensive back Mykael Thompson didn't think too much about playing football at the next level, let alone as a receiver.
What a difference a year makes for both Thompson and the Red Demons, which just finished their season with a 6-3 mark, their first winning campaign in 12 years. Along the way, the junior had a lot to do with it, as the leading receiver and defensive back.
Thompson, who has only played two years of high school football, didn't play on offense last season, but quickly made a name for himself there in 2006, hauling in 44 receptions for 1,019 yards and 14 touchdowns.
In addition to opposing defenders, college scouts have begun to catch on as well. Both in-state schools, Kansas State and Kansas, have been in contact with the 6-foot-2, 175 pound Thompson, who also shines on the basketball court. Nebraska too has expressed interest in him.
Though it's still very early in the recruiting process for Thompson, he said K-State probably is leading the way. K-State's offensive line coach Tim McCarty is recruiting Thompson. McCarty has ties to Dodge City from his days as the Dodge City Community College offensive coordinator from 1990-93.
"It's early, but I'm leaning towards K-State because I've been to more of their games so far," he said. "I've been to six games and on one official visit."
Though not much has been said of so far, there's a chance Thompson could go somewhere with his junior quarterback Kale Pick, as sort of a 2-for-1 package deal.
Pick too is garnering a lot of attention from college scouts, namely K-State, Kansas and Nebraska.
"I'm sure we'll be talking about that eventually," Thompson said. "We haven't yet, but as we get closer, I'm sure we'll talk about it a lot."
Thompson, who also had five interceptions at cornerback this past season, said for now, he intends to go to the end of the recruiting process before he makes his decision. He's still not sure what is in store for him in basketball either, but he said he'd go to whichever sport he has the most opportunities to succeed in at the next level.