Thorpe's stock is on the rise

With one of their best starts ever, some of Highland's top prospects have seen their stocks rise over the past few weeks and one that has seen a couple of offers roll in and increasing interest from BCS programs is DL Brandon Thorpe (6-5, 275) and he updated recently with where things stand...

"I have two offers right now, but I have a lot more schools who like me and are recruiting me," Thorpe told recently. "I have offers from UAB and South Florida. The USF offer just came in recently and I've had the UAB offer for a little while.

"The other schools that are showing me a lot of interest are Washington, they have started talking to me a lot, Arkansas likes me, Memphis, Mississippi, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and Auburn has just started talking to me a lot too."

As far as visits are concerned, Thorpe has one school in mind that he plans to visit and others he's thinking about.

"I definitely want to get out and see Washington (on an official visit)," Thorpe said. "I've learned about their program a lot and I like what they are doing. Coach (Tosh) Lupoi is a good guy and I like him and his intensity a lot.

"I'll take my visits, probably most of them will be after my season, and then I will decide.

"I think I will probably visit the schools that have offered me and probably some other schools that offer too. Arkansas looks like a good place to visit, but honestly, I haven't gotten that involved in it because I've been focused on my season."

What seems to intrigue four-year schools is Thorpe's size and length as well as his ability to play inside or outside.

"I can do both and most like me outside, but I like playing both," Thorpe said. "If I had to choose one, I'd probably say defensive end because I like rushing the quarterback, but I can play both and feel like I can make a difference anywhere my team needs me."

So far this season, while rotating in mostly at defensive end, Thorpe has posted 20 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss while also contributing two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

"We're off to a great start and I like what we have built here," Thorpe said. "Highland used to not get any respect, but with the guys we've gotten here and we're all playing well and playing hard, I think people are taking notice."

The Scotties are off to a 3-3 record and that has brought schools by to see what some of their top players have to offer and that includes Thorpe.

"My 'get off' is pretty good and I use my hands well," Thorpe noted. "I'm pretty explosive for a guy my size and I'm quick."

We will have more from Thorpe in the coming weeks as things start to narrow down for him on the recruiting front.

He is on pace to graduate in May and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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