Tyrus Thompson Excited about Texas

The Pflugerville Panthers finished their season at 8-3 after a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs to Smithson Valley by the score of 14-7. The team was lead by their defense which boasts senior national recruit Alex Okafor and junior defensive tackle Tyrus Thompson. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Thompson about his junior year and his recruiting process.

Tyrus Thompson started his junior year as a top junior defensive tackle on a line which also features University of Texas commit DE Alex Okafor. Things quickly changed for Thompson midyear with a position change while battling a painful turf toe.

"They moved me over to offense in the middle of the season to help shore up the offensive line. I spent a lot of time on the film room with my coaches trying to figure out how to play the position," said Thompson.

Thompson thinks he might play offense and defense next season as a senior. "I'll play wherever they need me," added Thompson.

Thompson, who said he is currently 6-5, 277, said it varies on which side of the ball colleges are recruiting him. Thompson reports an offer from the University of Houston, and a lot of interest from Texas, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M.

"I talk to Coach Giles and Coach MacWhorter from Texas. It is pretty exciting for them to show me interest. I grew up watching them, and my mom and dad are both Longhorn fans. I like Texas a lot. They have a pretty stout defense," added Thompson.

Thompson continued, "Texas is a tough school to get accepted, and academics are important to me."

Thompson camped last summer at Oklahoma State, Rice, and Texas A&M. The recruiting process is just getting started in earnest for Tyrus, and he is keeping an open mind.

"I am pretty open to all schools right now. I have been invited to the Texas-Texas A&M game, but I can't make it as I have some family stuff to care of, but I will be watching."

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