Thompson starting to emerge

Langham Creek offensive lineman Kenneth Thompson has started for the Lobos since his sophomore season and is starting to pick up steam on the recruiting trail.

If you're not familiar with the name of Kenneth Thompson, get yourself up to speed. The Langham Creek offensive lineman is a hidden gem for now, but he likely won't stay under the radar for much longer.

A starter for the Lobos since his sophomore season and his team's most valuable lineman in 2011, Thompson's interest from college recruiters is picking up steam.

He currently has a verbal offer from Rice while also receiving strong interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and TCU. The 6-foot-4, 283-pound right tackle recently attended a TCU junior day and walked away with glowing remarks on the university and program.

"I liked the campus a lot. I believe it's a beautiful campus that can offer a great education," Thompson said. "It's a good football program. I liked how there wasn't that many people there; we had a lot of one on one time with the coaches so I got to meet all of them. I really liked it. The facilities were very nice and impressive."

TCU has offered less than a handful of offensive linemen for the 2013 class, and while Thompson didn't receive an offer on his visit, he says the staff will continue to evaluate him.

"They said they were going to evaluate me more and come watch me in spring football. I'm assuming at right tackle," Thompson said.

Thompson knows exactly what he's looking for in a program; a quality education and a successful team. It's no surprise what two teams currently stand out the most; both offer a good opportunity in both areas, especially for academics.

"Right now I would say Rice and TCU are probably sticking out the most. They have one of the highest student athlete graduations," Thompson said. "I've got to say, education is one of the most important things. TCU said them and Rice are near the top and that's impressive."

As commitments are made at an earlier rate every year, Thompson doesn't intend to rush his decision as he knows it's one that will affect the course of his career after football.

"I'd like to wait to be a little bit honest. This is a big decision that will affect the rest of my life. It's something I'd like to talk over with my family; I don't want to jump into anything," Thompson said. "I want to take time to see where I want to go and what will be in my best interest and help me succeed more in life."

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