Thompson used to smash-mouth football

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It didn't take long for Pflugerville offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson to make a decision. During the same month as National Signing Day for the 2009 class, Thompson went with the Oklahoma over nine other options, including Baylor when it came down to the wire.

Now with more than six months past, Thompson is still as solid as he was back in late February.

"I feel very comfortable in my decision as far as my commitment to Oklahoma. It was a big decision that involved me and my family," Thompson said. "My mother, father, and siblings are all in support of me. I am confident that I made the right choice."

Of course, since that day, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Thompson has not thought about it much. The focus is now on his senior football season.

During his sophomore year, Pflugerville team advanced to state and was defeated by Katy. Since then, Thompson and the Panthers want to get back to that level of dominance. Especially since they made a first round exit last season.

"You know lots of people talk about that 2007 team and we want to prove that we are just as good as they were," Thompson said. "We have been working hard and look for lots of good things to happen this season. We line up in the Wing-T, which is our primary formation, and we have a pretty good O-line. We are trying a few more things offensively, but we ready to play smash-mouth football."

And it's obvious it was that level of play and mentality that landed him a spot on the Oklahoma team for 2010. Thompson was the third commitment for the Sooner class and he has not wasted any time getting acquainted with a few of them.

One, whom he talks to more frequent than others, is looking at schedules and talking about booking their official visit together.

"I have been talking to my friend Sheldon McClain (WR commit, Cibolo Steele) and we are trying to get our official visit together," Thompson said. "I was thinking the Oklahoma State game, but he wants to see Baylor. But it will probably be one of the two."

There are others he talks to as well.

"I talk to Brennan Clay and Roy Finch through MySpace," Thompson said. "I talked to Bronson (Irwin) and Adam Shead some too."

And while he keeps in touch with future teammates, he keeps assistant coach James Patton on speed dial as well. But with the season getting started on both sides, it has slowed down some.

"Before the season, I was calling once or ever twice a week. But since football is back in action, we talk about every other week," Thompson said. "I still get letters, and we still get some time to talk. I understand, we are busy here (Pflugerville) trying to win and they (Sooner coaches) are in Norman doing the same."


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