On Monday, Moore (Southmoore), Okla., standout sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson couldn't wait to see 6-5, 280-pound offensive tackle Brey Walker, also a sophomore, who was offered a scholarship by Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Gundy last January.
"I had to get to him and show him in his face that I had an offer too (from OSU)," Thompson said of the scholarship offer that he was told about after making an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State for the Kansas game. "Now, we've been offered by the same school and it wouldn't be bad if that continues to happen."
Sure, quarterbacks like to have big offensive tackles like Walker around for protection and a block every now and then to seal the edge. Thompson is a chip off the old block when it comes to running with the football. He's just like his father, Charles at Oklahoma back in the late 1980s and his older brother Kendall, who started out at OU and is now at Utah playing quarterback.
The question most Cowboys fans would have is there a chance with his family heritage that Thompson would consider Oklahoma State.
"I'm open to OSU and I will consider them," said the 6-1 1/2, 180-pound Thompson. "I know a lot of people would think because I grew up close to OU with my dad and my brother that I wouldn't, but they treated me well on the visit last weekend.
"I got to meet seven coaches on their staff and I had a chance to have private conversations with Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Mike) Yurcich and also talked to some players. I know there was the accident and everything, but I enjoyed myself and getting to see the team and be around all of it.
"My dad and my brother encourage me to keep my options open, and I like Oregon and TCU and the way they play their quarterbacks, but I also like what OSU does," he said.
This is really a take off point for Thompson as he had offers from Arkansas State, Oregon State, and SMU, but that list is about to grow a bunch. I saw him in person two weeks ago in a blowout win over a good Mustang team and last week in the rain on Thursday night he found a way to compensate as he completed 8-of-21 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He kicked it in with the run carrying 20 times for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
On the season for the 7-1 Sabercats, Thompson has completed 116-of-181 passing for 1,759 yards with 20 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. Last season he threw for 1,180 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman. This season he has carried 108 times for 808 yards, a 7.5-yards per carry average, and 14 touchdowns.
He really is a dual-threat quarterback. His throwing motion, release, accuracy, and velocity are all on pace to be top notch as a senior quarterback prospect. He will be a strong candidate for Elite 11 and any other contest he chooses to enter.
"I talk everyday to my brother about recruiting and I am learning so much from him and his experiences. I was in elementary school when he was recruited and I thought I was so far off, but it turned out not to be that far," added Thompson.
He has a plan as far as finding his school and you could call it a four-point program.
"I'm looking for a school where I can be comfortable, where the style of play fits the way I can play at quarterback, and where I can have a chance to get on the field early," explained the personable Thompson. "Oh yes, I want to go to school where I have a good relationship with the coaches."
Normally, as someone that follows recruiting I might not be so crazy about an offer to a quarterback this early but Thompson is really good and only going to get better. He doesn't strike me as cocky and potentially lazy in the future. He seems very excited and serious about his future. I would say this is a young man you want to get in on early and hope that is a factor in him eventually deciding where he goes.