Thompson Adds Offers at a Frantic Pace

Prosper, Texas native Taylor Thompson held six written scholarship offers when last caught up with him, so you can imagine the surprise when we called tonight to get his thoughts on Oklahoma and find that he had received 15 offers over the past few weeks.

With a 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame and ample speed, Proper High School athlete Taylor Thompson could have a future at tight end or defensive end when he hits the collegiate ranks. It had previously been reported that Thompson had been offered a scholarship by the Oklahoma coaching staff, but when we caught up with him today we found that simply is not the case.

"Oklahoma has not given me a scholarship offer yet," Thompson stated. "I spoke to Coach (Chris) Wilson last week and he invited me up to Norman to work out at both defensive end and tight end because the coaching staff isn't sure which side of the ball they want to offer me on. I know they just got a commitment from a tight end in James Hanna, so maybe they will offer me at defensive end instead. I don't know at this point."

"I think the plan is to go up there this week and work out," Thompson added. "Coach Wilson was a really cool guy to talk to and he sounded like he was really genuinely excited to get me up on campus as soon as possible. With Oklahoma there is a lot to like because they are a big time football program that can compete with any one at any time. My preference is to play tight end at the next level, but we'll see what happens from there."

Thompson had already held offers from Duke, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and SMU when we last spoke to him, but since then he has picked up written scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Rice, Wake Forest, Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Louisville, Purdue, Virginia, Colorado State and Illinois giving him a total of 20 offers to date. Taylor took some time to talk about the six other schools that would round out his top seven.

SMU - "I love that they are really close to home so my family could come and see me play and also really like that they have one of the best business schools in the country there. I am going down this week to meet with the coaching staff and get to know them a bit better which is exciting."

Stanford - "Obviously with Stanford you have to be really excited about the academic side of what they bring to the table. Also, I think it would be really cool to go to school in California, so there is that. The coaches told me I have an offer, but need to get my SAT score up because I scored a 520 math, 520 written and 470 verbal and carry a 3.6 GPA. I plan to re-take the SAT and get that score up down the road."

Vanderbilt - "Again, academically they are an excellent school and while I don't know much about them personally my parents have talked to the staff quite a few times and have a good relationship with them. I also have some family that lives in Tennessee."

Colorado State - "Out of all my visits their campus was definitely my favorite so far. I don't know how to describe it, but it was just very outdoorsy and there were mountains everywhere and that just stood out to me. The coaching staff was also just real laid back and down to Earth which was cool."

Oklahoma State - "They were my first offer, so of course that is always in the back of my mind. I like the coaching staff a lot and they are doing a lot of renovations to the facilities and school right now. They will have a brand new indoor facility and weight room by the time I get there and it should be really nice."

UCLA - "Again, I think it would be tight to go to school in California and they have good academics as well, so they are definitely an option right now."

Thompson has no time frame for when he would like to have a decision made to our knowledge and while those schools were his current favorites it sounds like that is simply a loose starting list then an attempt to narrow the field.

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