BREAKING: Arkansas 6-6 speedster B.J. Thompson goes crimson; projects at rush/d-end

WASHINGTON STATE went all the way to England, Ark., for its newest verbal pledge in Mike Leach’s 2017 class. B.J. Thompson (6-6, 210) tells that he may hail from The Natural State, but his game is made for the Pac-12 and the Cougar D.

“The chance to play in the Pac-12, that’s a big thing – it’s an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss,” said Thompson. “My relationship with the coaching staff at Washington State really helped too.”

WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning was his area recruiter, Thompson tells CF.C, and Joe Salave’a and Alex Grinch were involved too.

“Coach Manning came all the way down here in the spring and that was real big … plus I talked to the defensive line coach and the defensive coordinator. And I also talked to Coach Leach a few times,” said Thompson.

Thompson said Washington State liked his speed and high ceiling.  He plays wideout at England High too but he’ll come to WSU to play on the defensive side of the ball (rush/d-end).

“There’s a lot runnin’ and goin’ in the Pac-12 and that’s what I’m good at.  I use my speed to do what I do best and to make some big plays. I think I’m going to fit in very good with the Pac-12 -- and also with how Washington State plays defense,” said Thompson.

Thompson, rated two stars on, said his other offers were from Kansas, Temple, Arkansas State, Tulsa, Cincinnati, Tulane and Toledo.

Thompson also said he plans on his official visit to Washington State in January.

He becomes the 17th known verbal commitment in Leach’s 2017 class, joining DE Preston Hendry, OL Quazzel White, Safety Josh Talbott, LB Faavae Faavae, WR Derrion Grim, ATH Damion Lee, DE Kelle Sanders, ATH Anthony White Jr., CB Zaire Webb, OT George Moore, CB George Hicks, QB Connor Neville, OT Dontae Powell, OT Abraham Lucas, DE Joe Tryon and OT Alec Kuzmack.

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