"I thought I did pretty good," Damien Thigpen said. "The 40s were really off though because no one really got in the 4.3s or 4.4s. I ran a 4.54, but I'm a regular 4.3 guy. Maybe it was the cleats. Usually I run in my track spikes. I did pretty good in my shuttle, and my vertical I guess was pretty good. I did pretty good overall in the one-on-ones."
This spring, the 5-foot-8, 163-pound Thigpen will start receiving track scholarship offers for his sprinting skills, but he is already getting love for his talents on the gridiron. Stanford has already offered a scholarship, and several other programs including Notre Dame are showing interest.
Irish assistant coach Ron Powlus has been sending letters and emails.
"He's talking about, I'm on their radar and what not," Thigpen said. "I know a little bit about them, my Dad tells me stuff, but I can't think about it off the top of my head. They're a school I'm interested in."
As a junior at Stonewall Jackson High, Thigpen missed three and a half games with a severe high ankle sprain, but still carried the ball 79 times for 632 yards and seven touchdowns while splitting time with U.S. Army All-American Ryan Williams. He also made 32 tackles, broke up eight passes, blocked three field goals and one punt.
As a sophomore, he carried 60 times for 600 yards and seven touchdowns, and also added a kickoff return for touchdown. He made 40 tackles on defense.
Thigpen runs a 4.34 40-yard dash, 4.08 short shuttle and boasts a 10-foot broad jump. Thigpen is also a track standout ranked nationally in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.41 seconds. As a sophomore he won the Virginia AAA State Outdoor Championship in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.42.
The scholarship offer from Stanford caught Thigpen by surprise.
"I was happy to get my first offer," Thigpen said. "I'm waiting to see what ones will come in next."
He likely won't be waiting much longer.
Thigpen isn't sure when he'd like to make a college decision, or what places he's going to visit this coming spring and summer. But he does know what he wants in a school, and that he hopes to play football and run track.
"I look at the acceptance rate," Thigpen said. "I don't want a school that will let just anybody in. I want to see what they rank in the nation, how smart the school is. And of course the football program and how good they are."
Thigpen's uncle, Gene Lang, played running back for LSU before moving onto the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. His father Douglas also played college ball at Southern Miss.