In 2014, sophomore quarterback Keytaon Thompson split playing time with a senior but showed enough to land early scholarship offers from a handful of college programs.
Notre Dame on Friday became the sixth school to pull the trigger on an offer for the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans.
“They called my coach and then my coach called me down and let me know,” Thompson said. “He told me about it. He was going to give me the coach’s information too.”
Prior to the offer Thompson had only received mail from the Irish.
Now he’s considering a visit to the school.
“They sent me letters to come to their camp,” he said. “I haven’t visited any schools yet. I’ll do that this upcoming summer. I don’t know who yet; we’ll see.”
Arizona State, Arkansas State, Florida and Texas Tech also have offered Thompson.
“It feels good,” he said about the early offers. “It just motivates me to keep working hard and getting better.”
Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Ohio State, USC and several others have shown interest.
Thompson expects more offers to come his way especially if he performs well on the spring camp and combine circuit.
As a sophomore, Thompson accounted for 36 touchdowns in leading the team to a 9-3 record and the 4A quarterfinals.
While senior Li’John Cordier provided the veteran experience and leadership it was Thompson that offered the big play ability in Landry-Walker’s spread offense.
“I’m a dual threat quarterback,” he said. “I can do a lot of things well but I know I need to work on my mechanics.”
With Thompson in the lineup, Landry-Walker threw the ball about 60-percent of the time. He also proved very capable of running the football, which challenged opposing defenses.
This winter Thompson has helped lead Landry-Walker’s basketball team to a 22-8 record and the second round of the playoffs.