Recruiting: Thompson Ready To Sign

Al'Darius Thompson can't wait to get to Stillwater and begin working out in preparation for the 2006 football season. Eric Norwood, an Oklahoma State commit like his best friend Thompson, has taken unofficial visits to South Carolina and Auburn. What does Thompson say to Norwood about deciding to visit other schools? How is Thompson preparing himself to compete on the major college level as a freshman? The North Mesquite (Texas) High School senior visited with on Thursday night.

Thompson, who rushed for 1,010 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season despite missing three games with a foot injury, is preparing to run track now that the football season has finished. He plans to run both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and also competes in the long jump and high jump. He may also be called upon to run both the 100 and 200 sprints. "We should have gone to state last year but in regionals some guy dropped the baton in the 4x100," Thompson said. Who was the guy? "It was me," he said with a laugh. "But I promise that won't happen again."

Thompson and his family enjoyed meeting with OSU assistant Todd Bradford on Monday evening in their Garland, Texas, home. "It went well," he said. He also expects to have an in-home visit with Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy sometime in the next few weeks.

Thompson still believes that Norwood, the 6-1, 240-pound linebacker prospect from Acworth, Ga., who has been Thompson's best friend since the fourth grade, will wind up in Stillwater. Norwood gave OSU a verbal commitment but has taken trips to Auburn and South Caroliina in recent weeks. "He's just waiting and being patient," Thompson said. "He called me last week after he'd just gotten back from South Carolina. He was just telling me about it and what he did. I really don't have a problem with him taking some visits. I just keep telling him, you know where you're going (to end up)."

Thompson said he has no second doubts about his decision to commit to the Cowboys. He will be in Stillwater in early July to enroll for summer school and begin summer workouts with the current Cowboys and the other freshmen. "For me, when I know and make a decision, I just stick to it and do it," he said. "Sometimes, just like everybody, I have second thoughts, but as far as this decision right now I don't. Actually, I do wonder sometimes about him, but whatever is best for him is the right decision. I'd say there's a 90 percent chance he ends up at Oklahoma State."

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