"It's just a blessing. My head coach called me into his office and told me coach McDaniel had offered me and that he wanted me to call him after they're done practicing," Thompson told Pony Stamped last night.
Archie McDaniel was the first coach to show interest in the East Texas defensive back and when he was on his junior day visit, said to be patient and that offers will come.
"They were the first school to reach out and coach McDaniel was the first coach to DM me and just ask how everything is going. I went to their junior day on January 30 and they told me not to worry about anything and that everything would get better," Thompson said. "He's been there since day one and just asking how things are going and how's track. We're really close. They were the first school to really reach out. That's what makes them special."
Jess Loepp and Van Malone have also been in contact with Thompson, who's building a relationship with them too. The staff likes Thompson's ability to make plays all over the field.
"I met coach Loepp when I first went down there on my junior day and he talked a lot with me and my dad with Malone and McDaniel. Malone told me it takes a while to recruit cornerbacks. They like my film, my size to play in college, my technique and my skill," the 6-foot, 183-pound cornerback said.
The visit to SMU impressed Thompson, who tallied 37 tackles, an interception and nine pass-breakups on his junior year.
"They're straight-forward with you and there's a pretty campus. The main thing they want for you is to get an education. I think the tour and when we got alone with the coaches and they went over the education and everything was the best."
Baylor, Houston and Louisiana Tech are showing interest. Baylor is telling Thompson to stay patient and the process will heat up. Thompson knows SMU being the first to offer is a big thing for him.
"I was kind of worried that I wasn't ever going to get anything and then I got closer with the coaches and they were the first to offer and show interest."
Thompson doesn't have a decision timeline and wants to get back to SMU for a visit.