Junior College DT To Walk On At OSU

It should be abundantly clear from the start that Josh Thompson had no shortage of scholarship offers to play Division One football. Seven programs, as a matter of fact, saw fit to offer the 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from Hutchinson (KS) Community College a full ride, including Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi and Troy.

But sometimes, a guy just has to go with his gut – which is why Thompson is instead opting to accept preferred walk-on status at Oklahoma State University.

"Really, I think it's a great opportunity," he explained. "It's a great school, great program, one that's really come on in the past few years. One that's really turned itself into a power in the Big 12."

Thompson – who said he made the decision approximately two weeks ago – has yet to visit Stillwater, Okla. but has spoken with Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young.

Though he didn't have quite the season he envisioned for himself when he made the choice to return to Hutchinson for his sophomore year, Thompson was still extremely effective on the interior for one of the toughest defenses in the JUCO ranks. He finished 2010 with 45 tackles, including three for loss.

A nagging knee injury limited him to some degree, but off-season surgery will have him ready to go in the spring.

In many ways, that knee injury was ultimately responsible for pushing him toward the Cowboys.

"I was looking at a place I was going to be happy at if something happened and football were taken away from me," Thompson said. "Be it by a freakish injury or whatever."

"Really, when I found out about my knee being kind of cut up, that kind of put everything in perspective," he added. "With the fact that football can end any day."

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