Casey Thompson, a Southmoore (Okla.) HS product, who plans to be an early enrollee has already visited Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson, among others, and attended UT’s Junior Day on Feb. 25.
“The quality of the schools recruiting me, the great head coaches, tells me something about myself,” Casey Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to making a decision because it’s been a long process.
“Ohio State - my visit there last April - that was the most impressive visit. Urban Meyer is a great coach.
“Scott Frost, Tom Herman, Mark Richt and Urban Meyer - they recruit me personally. Clemson’s facility and visit was very organized and impressive. I know every coach from Clemson. Alabama in July was very professional and business like. They have the most impressive athletes. It seemed like the NFL.
“Arizona State and Miami were the best as far as locations.”
“I know the whole Miami staff.
“Larry Fedora texts me often. Virginia Tech talks to me a lot.
Thompson has been recruited by Tom Herman and Texas OC Tim Beck since before both coaches came to Austin.
“Herman is a great coach,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to meeting him. What’s also been one of the interesting things, is how the coaches move around.
“Coaching changes stand out to me too. Coach Beck recruited me at Ohio State, and Herman recruited me at Houston. I’ve talked to (Derek) Warehime, recruiting coordinators and assistants (at Texas), too.”
Thompson said he’s graduating from Southmoore in December and plans to be an early enrollee. He said he expects to make a decision on a school between now and October.
How hard is Texas recruiting him?
“I wouldn’t say full court press,” Thompson said. “I know that they want me. They text me daily. I’ve been heavily recruited. They aren’t full-court pressing me yet. But they have a lot going on (since the staff was just hired in November). They are behind right now. I think they will eventually recruit me even harder.”
On his strengths as a player, Thompson said:
“My number one strength is my mental IQ of the game. I’ve been around the game a long time. I study my game a lot.
“My arm strength. I’ve gotten a lot stronger. My arm strength will surprise people.
“I’ve been training since I was seven. I was doing quarterback drills before I was a quarterback. My other strengths are my elusiveness, shiftiness, athleticism, and quick release, that's lethal.”
As far as weaknesses, Thompson said, “Throwing
early, while I’m about to get hit when someone is not open. That comes with timing with your receivers.
“Probably throwing without laces too.”
Older brother Kendal now plays for the Washington Redskins and has been a great resource to Casey.
“I think that God put me in this position,” Casey said. “My brother was in college (at OU) when I was a freshman.
“I’ve been throwing to college receivers since I was a freshman.”
I’ve thrown to Kenny Stills, Ryan Broyles, Jalen Saunders, Sterling Shepard, to my brother, and Dahu Green.” All of whom played at Oklahoma. “Green and I are real good friends.”
Kendal has helped teach Casey how to watch film and become a student of the game.
“Not only do I have experience, I was on varsity since my freshman year,” Casey said. “Every offseason I watch NFL film.
“I get the same copy the NFL teams get. I watch all the teams. I watch Brady, Manning, the Seahawks defense and learn how to read coverages.
“I learn blitz names (learning terms, coach and player speak from film). For college I have an app so I can study offenses for just about any college team.
“I study hudl films on the teams we’ll play in high school, having an older brother who played in college and the NFL, that’s been the biggest advantage.
“I know every coverage. I could break down every defense. If a coach wants to teach me an offense, I could learn it in a day or two. If he wants to throw me on the board, I can do that.”
When asked what he does for fun, Thompson told HD:
“Football is my whole life. I’m more football than any kid I’ve ever been around, I was serious about football starting in the third grade. I lost a lot of friends because of my training. They didn’t want to come with me to train.
“When I relax, I like to go to the movies - every movie that comes out. I like popcorn.
“I’m a really good basketball player, just started dunking last year. Pretty good three point shooter.
“Last year, I went to play and I started as the shooting guard for varsity. I didn’t play basketball in offseason to rest. I swam for conditioning. I made varsity. I made regionals (swimming) freestyle.”
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