Huskers offer big, Texas TE

The big, athletic tight end is here to stay. If there is a position on the offensive side of the football field that has changed more than the tight end position, then I am not sure what it is. Tight ends these days need wide receiver like hands and speed to go up against linebackers, but also must have the additional size that makes them a mismatch for safeties.

At 6-foot-6 and 230-pounds, Taylor Thompson is a beast of a tight end. The standout from Prosper (Texas) said that the spring went well and that passing league would be starting up soon.

"It's been going really good, actually," Thompson said. "We're 3A so we don't have a spring game. We are starting seven on seven next week."

The athletic period was a good chance for college coaches to come in and see Thompson work out. Thompson couldn't even begin to name the coaches that he saw at his school.

"Coaches got a chance to come in and see us during the evaluation period. There were a bunch of coaches that came out to see me."

While naming the coaches was a little difficult, naming the schools that have offered was more manageable for Thompson. Thompson is sitting on a nice list of offers.

"I have offers from Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, SMU, Nebraska, Purdue, Utah, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and there might be another or two."

At 6-foot-6 and 230-pounds, you would expect Thompson to say that his size is his biggest strength. He didn't though, but coupling his size with his claimed strengths make him a big weapon on the field.

"My athleticism and speed are my strengths. With my size, they can't guard me with the linebacker or the safety."

Thompson still has that 4.7 speed that you are looking for in the tight end position to get down field. He has the size to come in and line up next to the tackle as well to block. "I had 22 catches for 375 yards and a touchdown. I earned all-district honors as a tight end last year."

While Thompson is getting some consideration at the defensive end position, most teams still prefer him to play tight end in college. He would prefer to play tight end.

"I do play defense and a couple of schools are recruiting me to play defense. I would probably prefer to play tight end probably."

Thompson said that academics will be the main focus of choosing a school. He is thinking about life after those four or five years.

"Academics are big for me because I am thinking about life after college. I am also looking for a good football program and a good school."

Thompson has already made it to one combine and was actually on a visit this weekend. He is also scheduled to go to a combine in Colorado.

"I was at the combine in Dallas. I am actually at Duke right now. I am just checking it out with my dad. I am going to the Nike camp in Colorado."

Besides holding some very nice offers, Thompson hasn't given much thought to his favorites right now. "Not really. I haven't thought it much, yet."

The Nebraska offer does jump out to Thompson a little because of their tradition of being a good football program.

"Their football program is probably the best of all of my offers. If I wanted to go to a powerhouse football program then I would go there."

Nebraska might not get a chance to host Thompson this summer, but he is interested in potentially taking an official visit there this fall to see Lincoln.

"I don't know about taking a visit there this summer. I would consider taking an official visit there in the fall."

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