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UCLA Offers Texas Cornerback Commit

Nov. 7 -- UCLA has offered a Scout-300, four-star prospect who's the No. 3 senior cornerback in the state of Texas, and verbally committed to the Longhorns...

Below are mid-season senior highlights of 2017 four-star cornerback Josh Thompson ...

UCLA is the latest school to offer 2017 four-star cornerback Josh Thompson, who has been committed since July 27 to Texas.

However, Thompson has been considered a "soft verbal" commitment since mid-September, when he took an official visit to TCU, the school to which Thompson was originally committed prior to his flip to the Longhorns.

Thompson plays for Nacogdoches High School, the same East Texas program that produced 2016 five-star safety Brandon Jones, who plays for Texas.

http://www.scout.com/player/204269-josh-thompson/news?year=2016&s=73

The most recent Scout 300 update saw Thompson get the bump to four-star status and moved into the Scout 300 at No. 297 overall because of his outstanding play on both sides of the ball so far in the 2016 season.

Through nine games, Thompson, who plays receiver, safety, cornerback, and kick returner, has caught 15 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns, along with 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and four pass breakups (stats courtesy ETSN.fm).

Thompson is a ballhawk who could play just about anywhere in the secondary at the Power Five conference level.

Below is Scout's breakdown of Thompson's game:

Josh Thompson is the type of defensive back who could potentially play cornerback or safety at the high-major level. Good size with the space to add more bulk once he's in college. Well-built prospect with good combination of size and athleticism. Laser-timed at 4.48 in the 40, as well as a 4.22 shuttle.

He's shown excellent straight-line speed as well as good lateral quickness and hip turn. Physical player who can fight through receivers' perimeter blocks vs. the run. Type of player who could become a dangerous blitzer if used that way. Always around the ball and possesses the ability to chase down receivers in coverage if beaten off the line.

Thompson can provide the big hit, but occasionally sacrifices tackling technique to do so. He's been recruited as a cornerback and a safety and could fit either position as needed, as well as the nickel. - Gabe Brooks


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