The spring evaluation period is still full go for the Red Raider coaching staff and 2017 cornerback Josh Thompson out of Nacogdoches (Tex.) High School is the latest prospect to earn an offer after being evaluated in-person by coach Gibbs.
"They came about, I'd say, a week ago. Coach (Karl) Scott and Coach (David) Gibbs, they came by and they were like, 'just stay patient.' I had practice and they came to the morning practice, but I was on offense then, and they wanted to see me more on defense. So they came back after school and told me they liked what they saw. First thing they wanted to do was build a relationship with me, and then after that he called me and told me that time is up and he wanted to pull the trigger and give me a scholarship offer."
Coach Scott is leading the way for Texas Tech with Thompson, and the two have built a solid relationship.
"He said he basically wants to talk about things as if I was there. No fake character and all that. He just wants me to be straight up with him. He just asks me about everyday things, such as how school's going and stuff."
So what does the East Texas prospect think about Tech?
"My thoughts on Texas Tech - they're great right now but I think they'll be even better once I get on campus and get to see the facility, meet more of the coaches."
The 6-foot, 182-pound defender has a high opinion of the coaching staff.
"The coaching staff is really good. I know coach Scott, he's experienced coaching DBs, I know coach Kingsbury is a good coach and coach Gibbs is a really good coach, too."
Thompson, who is being recruited at cornerback by Tech, put up 15 reps of 185 lbs on the bench and ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at the ETSN combine last weekend.
"My strengths as a defender would be that I'm more physical and have speed."
The defender also stood out during drills.
"We didn't get to do one-on-ones, we just did drills. I did drills with some good DBs in the area."
One of those defensive backs would be 2017 Gladewater safety and fellow Tech target Austin Hawley.
"Yes sir, we talked. He's a really good player. I see great things from him in the future."
Nacogdoches seemingly produces a D1 defensive back every year, and Thompson credits that to the coaching staff.
"I mean, people thought we would be done after Jaylon [Lane], but then here comes Brandon [Jones]. Then everybody thought, oh, Brandon's leaving, no more DBs. We're producing every year and we have really good coaches and they just want to see us do great."
The Dragons run a complicated defense for a high school team, and their defensive backs benefit as they learn a diverse set of skills.
"We run a 4-2-5. We run a lot of Cover 3, we actually have eighteen coverages that we run, so it's kind of mixed up."
With his recruitment beginning to blow up, does Thompson have any favorites so far?
"I don't, but I will know soon. I think around June 3rd - the end of the school year - I will know who my favorites are."
Texas Tech would appear to be high up for Thompson, though, as a visit to Lubbock is in the works soon for him.
"Yes sir, I'm going to visit them during the summertime. I'm going to get up that way. Coach Scott told me he wants me to come up there."
Thompson plans on committing either shortly before or shortly after his senior season. He holds offers from Houston, Minnesota, SMU, Texas Tech, and Utah, among others. He reports interest from Oklahoma State and TCU, among others.null