Oklahoma’s search for a 2017 quarterback ended fairly quickly with the commitment of Mesquite (Texas) Horn’s Chris Robison last June.
Obviously offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley continues to monitor that relationship to make sure Robison will be a Sooner next year. But he’s also working hard to land that 2018 quarterback, and we might get some clarification on one prospect this weekend.
Riley had a message for Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson around signing day. Pick a day when you’re free, and we’ll go over things. It’s that type of clear-cut honesty that has made Riley so respected and liked on the recruiting trail since arriving in Norman.
OU has made two offers to 2018 quarterbacks with neither being anything worth marking down. Five-star quarterback Hunter Lawrence has shown zero interest and Joey Gatewood has been solid to Auburn for a while.
Thompson could certainly be that guy. He was back in Norman twice last week. The first time to support big brother, Kendal, at his pro day in Norman. But then he came back the following day to watch OU’s spring practice.
There are no hard feelings with the Thompson family and OU following Kendal’s transfer to Utah, and Kendal has been quick to give Casey any advice he feels is necessary.
“I give him a lot of advice,” said Kendal Thompson after OU pro day last week. “Just tell him to keep his head down and keep working. He’s getting a lot of attention right now. But I think he’ll blow up here more in these next few years. I just tell him to take his time with the whole process and just find the right fit for him.
“Ultimately, with all these coaching changes nowadays … when I went up to Utah, the guy who actually recruited me ended up leaving my second season. You’ve just gotta like the program as a whole. You can’t just look at relationships with coaches because you know how that business is. That’s the most important advice I can give him.”
Casey Thompson’s recruiting stock is strong, but as Kendal said, it’s likely to get even higher in the upcoming months. He’s not afraid to make visits, starting this week in Miami. But it’s not where he starts, but where he ends this week that means something.
Thompson said his plan is to make it back to Norman on Saturday and have that one-on-one talk with Riley and where things stand in terms of an offer and his recruitment going forward.
With each day, Casey becomes less known as Kendal’s younger brother and more known for what he can do on the field as evidenced by his 50-total touchdown sophomore season. Kendal is fine with that and excited to watch Casey do his own thing.
“He’s always been ahead of the curve,” Kendal Thompson said. “And my younger brother, he’s pretty nice too. He’s a tight end. It’ll be fun to see them play with each other. Kinda like the Manning brothers. I never had a brother close to my age, so it’ll be fun watching them throw to each other.