Class of 2005 Prospect - MS QB Kris Thigpen

Kris Thigpen (Taylorsville HS, 6-foot-4, 200, 4.7) looks to not only be one of Mississippi's best at the quarterback position for the upcoming 2004 season but also one of the best prospects in the state, period, after earning First-Team All-District and WDAM All-Area honors at the conclusion of his junior season.

Kris Thigpen Profile:

Thigpen, a prototype drop-back quarterback, started four games for Taylorsville High School when he was just a freshman. He became his team's full time starter as a sophomore.

During his junior season, he passed for over 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns, while completing 144 of 243 passing attempts for a percentage of 59%.

With those kind of numbers you would expect colleges to take notice and several have.

"I have received letters from Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Marshall," said Thigpen.

He has also made the rounds of this spring's Junior Days, having attended Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

With the Junior Day events now out of way and spring practice just around the corner, college football camps will not be far behind. And Thigpen has given some thought to what camps he would like to attend.

"I think I am going to the Senior Camp at Alabama," said Thigpen. "I have offers from LSU and Arkansas to come to their camps, but I don't know if I will. I may also attend Mississippi State's and Ole Miss'. I also have a camp registration form from Michigan."

As for what schools he is most interested in, he has a tentative idea, although no school stood out over the others.

"I would say Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and Marshall," said Thigpen.

With a 3.2 grade point average in the classroom, great size, a great arm and solid speed, look for this well-spoken youngster to continue to move up the recruiting rankings as the months pass.

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at

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