There was great celebration for Oklahoma fans Aug. 7 when 2018 Newbury Park (Calif.) High Scout 100 quarterback Cameron Rising committed to the Sooners.
Rising is ranked No. 48 in the initial Scout 100 for the 2018 class and the fifth overall quarterback. It was indeed a major get for offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and company.
But there were whispers in the background, what about Thompson? With Rising committed, what did that mean for local favorite, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson?
Like Rising, Thompson was offered by OU. Like Rising, Thompson is in the Scout 100 at No. 94. But unlike Rising, he doesn’t live halfway across the country.
Thompson has always used the word honest to describe his relationship with Riley and that word was used again with Sooners Illustrated earlier this week.
“Coaches, when recruiting you, are honest about who they’re high on,” Thompson said. “At least the ones with good character are. They tell you who they’re talking with once, twice a week. You know the guys who are in the running. Coach Riley was pretty honest about everything.”
Thompson was offered by a thunderous one-two punch back in May with Ohio State on one day and OU the following evening.
But was he hit with a gut-punch three months later when Ohio State accepted the commitment of fellow Scout 100 quarterback Emory Jones to go with OU and Rising?
Did he miss out, for the lack of a better term, on his top choices because he wasn’t ready to reserve his spot?
“On those deals, the quarterbacks that committed there – they felt it was the place for them earlier than me,” Thompson said. “It was that I didn’t want to go to the schools, and it’s not like I maybe wouldn’t have committed to them next year.
“I just felt like it wasn’t my time to commit yet. I want to look at other schools and figure things out.”
Thompson can put recruiting on the backburner with his junior season here. Coming off a sophomore season of 52 total touchdowns (32 passing, 20 rushing), the stats aren’t the name of the game for him. The team’s success is after being upset at home in the state quarterfinals.
When his junior season winds down, though, don’t be surprised to see Thompson back scouring the country and making visits.
“After this year, I want to figure out what schools really want me,” Thompson said. “I’m not sure if I missed out. Those quarterbacks are really talented. I respect Coach Riley and Coach (Tim) Beck. Things can change, you never know.”
Thompson said he intends to stay in contact with Riley and Beck throughout the process but understands if there isn’t any room for him in Columbus or Norman.