Texas's TaTa Thompson

TaTa Thompson is a big, elite prospect from Texas, and even though he's a good-natured kid, you'd better get his position and the pronunciation of his name correct..

TaTa Thompson, 6-3, 225, Garland (Tex.) High, is one of the best prospects in Texas, but there are a few things, if you're going to recruit him, that you should know.

First, you'd better pronounce his name correctly. It's pronounced Tay-Tay. If you say Tah-Tah, well, he's a pretty large kid and you don't want to anger him. Many close to him have always called him TaTa and not many can even remember his given name. Those close to him just say it's too difficult to pronounce.

Secondly, Thompson wants to be recruited as a linebacker, not a defensive linemen. Even though he has a large frame that could hold more weight, and could be pushing 6-4, Thompson adamantly wants to play linebacker. He played middle linebacker for his high school team, which is in the Texas 5A division, the highest division in Texas high school football. When asked about schools recruiting him at defensive end, he politely said, "I want to play linebacker."

Thompson's top four schools are Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona St., in that order, but he's also interested in UCLA, Miami, Nebraska, Florida, Tennessee and USC, among others. At this point, he's not overly concerned with what school is showing him the most "love." He said, "I like the schools I like, no matter if they call or not." When asked if he'd be interested in going to the west coast, he said, "I heard it was nice out there. At first I just wanted to stay close to home, but then I wanted to consider all my options." His parents, though, prefer that he stay close to home and his mom is favoing A&M.

Thompson said he's looking for a place where he'll feel "comfortable," and that also like a school with a good business and good football facilities. Early playing time, he said, would be great, but he wouldn't mind if he had to redshirt.

Generally thought to be a good student, he recently took the SAT. He said he was "nervous" and "not sure" about his score, but also confident that he did pretty well.

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