"We're looking pretty good," Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson said when asked how practice is going for the Sabercats. Southmoore is loaded with seniors like Memphis commitments Quidon Lewis and Gervarrius Owens, both players can play receiver on offense and defend the pass in the secondary. C.J. Owens is another standout on the defensive line that is a senior.
Thompson leads the way for all the talented juniors on the team including state wrestling champ and OU offensive line commitment Brey Walker (6-6, 325). Then there is running back RaeQuan Wicks, defensive back Doug Collins, and linebacker Perry Olsen.
Toward the end of the summer Thompson said he spent time at Clemson, Florida, and Alabama. Earlier in the summer he had spent time at Miami, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.
His scholarship offers include OU, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Miami, TCU, Iowa State, West Virginia, Penn State, North Carolina, Illinois, Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Oregon State, and many more.
So where is the 6-1, 180-pound Thompson toward making a decision?
"Still too early, but I will narrow my schools down," he said. "I don't have an exact number, but when I do it I think it will be four to six or three to six, something like that."
Asked if he was surprised that Oklahoma, the school his dad, Charles, played at and the school his brother started out at before finishing at Utah already had a commitment from a class of 2018 quarterback in Newbury Park, Calif., quarterback Cameron Rising, Thompson said he was kind of surprised.
"I knew coach (Lincoln) Riley was looking at me, Cameron Rising, and Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville, Ga.) and that he was ready to go on us, but I didn't think anybody was going to commit that early. I know I'm not ready or comfortable making a commitment yet," Thompson said.
Thompson said earlier this year after a visit to Oklahoma State that he liked head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, and that yes, he could see himself at Oklahoma State. He said they are still very much in the picture.
"Yes, Oklahoma State is one that I am considering," Thompson said. "I'm still in contact with them and we talk at least every other week."
Thompson had monster numbers as a sophomore when he threw for 2,670 yards and rushed for another 1,011 yards and was responsible either throwing for and running for a combined 52 touchdowns. He also threw just four interceptions to his 32 touchdown passes.
Anybody that wants to get an early look at Thompson can do so on Friday, Sept. 2, when the Sabercats open in Edmond at Deer Creek. That should be a fun opener to watch. In the meantime we'll keep an eye out for when Thompson decides to narrow his pool of schools.