His teammate was among the first 10 five-star prospects for 2018 named by Scout on Wednesday, but Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson is not too far behind.
Thompson was one of two in-state stars to earn Scout 100 honors Thursday, giving the SaberCats the top two-ranked offensive prospects in the state for the 2018 class.
With his father, Charles, and his older brother, Kendal, both having attended Oklahoma, Casey Thompson could be the next in line for the Sooners.
That feeling became stronger following the spring when offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley officially offered Thompson in May.
(Thompson camped at OU in 7th & 8th grade)
Even before he had taken a varsity snap as a freshman, expectations were already high with Thompson. For his high school team and for recruiting. Thompson was allowed to camp at OU with the regular high school kids even when he was in junior high.
He didn’t look out of place then, and incredibly, he didn’t look out of place starting as a freshman quarterback at the Class 6A level in the state.
It’s hard to stress what an accomplishment that really is to play at the highest classification possible as a freshman and more than hold your own.
Thompson rushed for more than 500 yards and threw for more than 1,100 yards in totaling 15 combined touchdowns (10 passing, five rushing).
Thompson emerging as a starter was a catalyst to Southmoore making a late-season run and earning an unexpected berth in the playoffs.
(Thompson as a freshman)
(Thompson as a sophomore)
Most thought Southmoore was a year away, but with Thompson leading the charge, you had a feeling the 2015 season was going to be something special.
It was, both for the SaberCats and for Thompson. A 9-1 regular season mark gave Southmoore its first home playoff game with this latest bunch of talent, and Thompson doubled his production across the board.
This time around he rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 20 touchdowns. And his numbers as a passer showed vast improvement from his freshman season. He was 167-of-271 passing for 2,670 yards with 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
The offers slowly started to trickle as Power 5 conferences started to throw their hat into the ring to try to land Thompson.
(Thompson in the spring)
As he produced more and more as a sophomore, the silent whispers became louder among OU fans about why hadn’t Thompson been offered by the Sooners just yet.
It was all a matter of time. Thompson has developed an incredible relationship with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. And one reason OU fans should be confident about where things are headed is the relationship is based on honesty – that’s the one word Thompson would use to describe things.
Other major offers have already arrived before and after the OU one, but the Sooners are trying to make sure another Thompson headed to Norman.
Thompson’s teammate, Brey Walker, is a 2018 offensive tackle already committed to OU.
(Thompson and Walker side-by-side in Norman?)
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