Fleet WR to walk on, connects with Yost

SPEED, SPEED, SPEED. It seems as though Mike Leach and newly hired inside receivers coach David Yost can't add enough of it to the crimson fold. The Cougs will be bringing in more of it as a local speedster is headed to WSU as a preferred walk-on.

John Thompson (5-9, 185) out of Bethel High in Spanaway will join the Cougars later this year in Pullman.

"They said all their spots were full, but they sure wanted me," Thompson said. "I'm a Coug."

Thompson was offered a preferred walk-on spot with Washington State as a slot receiver.

Thompson is a quick, shifty playmaker who has great lateral burst and explosion for a player of his size. He's reportedly been timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and was named second-team all-league as a senior at the running back position. Thompson was named SPSL defensive back of the year and first team all-league as a junior.

Despite his 5-9 size and success on the defensive side of the ball, Thompson believes he's the prototypical slot receiver and believes he can thrive in the Air Raid offense.

"In their offense, I'm sure I'll fit nicely," Thompson said. "David Yost really liked my film and wanted me."

Thompson's path to the Palouse was a long time in the making. His sister graduated from WSU in 2008 and Thompson said being used to the campus played a large part in his decision.

"I just kind of fell in love with the school," Thompson said. "It felt like everyone just took me in like family in that town."

Thompson chose the walk on role at WSU despite holding offers from Idaho and Eastern Washington, along with serious interest from Central Washington.


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