Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson Receives Offer From Arkansas State
Arkansas State had an active Monday within the region.
Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson was the second player in about an eight-hour span to pick up a college football scholarship opportunity from the Red Wolves. Thompson (6-0, 180), who now has 11 FBS choices, announced his latest offer through his Twitter account.
Led by third-year head coach Blake Anderson, Arkansas State targeted Henderson receiver Trestan Ebner earlier Monday. The program previously issued offers to Gilmer receiver LaMarcus Morton, John Tyler defensive back Javontavius Mosley and John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith.
A big pitch from Anderson's staff is its active bowl game appearance streak. Anderson and company have not missed a bowl game through two seasons, and the school's run dates back an additional three years.
Arkansas State is one of just 30 schools nationally to have an active bowl streak of five or more years. It has been to six bowl games in total, a notable accomplishment for a school that joined the FBS ranks in 1992.
The Red Wolves have had their share of notable coaches in recent years as well. Anderson ended a three-year, one-and-done phase.
Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Bryan Harsin all served as the program's head coach earlier in the decade. Freeze advanced to Mississippi after one season in Jonesboro, Ark., while Malzahn transferred to Auburn and Harison went to Boise State.
Only Freeze and Anderson have guided the program to perfect 8-0 records against Sun Belt Conference competition. Anderson accomplished the feat last season in conjunction with an overall record of 9-4.
The Red Wolves love scheduling up in non-conference play. If Thompson signs with the team, he’ll have the opportunity to participate in one-game sets against Alabama, Miami and Nebraska during his collegiate career in addition to Sun Belt Conference competition and other opponents to be scheduled at a later date.
Thompson recorded nine pass breakups, intercepted a pass and recorded 33 tackles through Nacogdoches’ 10-game season last fall. He also caught 10 passes for 152 yards as a receiver.
Nacogdoches finished its year in a three-team tie for the fourth and final playoff spot out of District 16-5A. Point differential against the other teams involved allowed Lindale to advance in favor of Nacogdoches and Corsicana.
Thompson is the fourth Nacogdoches defensive back in a three-year span to have an opportunity to play college football.
Jaylon Lane started the trend as the local Class of 2015’s scholarship leader before an off-the-field incident led him to junior college.
Brandon Jones and Corey Lane signed with Texas and Navarro College, respectively, earlier this year. Both will graduate high school in May and immediately report to their new programs.
Thompson, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM, UTSA, Wyoming (12)
- Noah Bush, Athens, LB, 6-2, 225 — offer from Army (1)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Tulsa (15)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR/DB, 6-2, 180 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (12)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Ted Fuller, Harleton, RB, 5-11, 195 — offer from ULM (1)
- Austin Hawley, Gladewater, DB, 6-1, 200 — offer from ULM (1)
- Kollin Hurt, Gilmer, DB, 6-3, 175 — offer from ULM (1)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, Navy, SMU, Tulane, ULL (6)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Indiana, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (8)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, ULL, ULM, UTSA (8)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offers from Texas State, ULM (2)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 6-0, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM, UTSA (12)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (12)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Ohio, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULM, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (11)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)