Utah Offers Nacogdoches Defensive Back Josh Thompson
The wait between offers has never been long for Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson in recent weeks, but the lull Monday was particularly quick.
Utah presented a college football scholarship opportunity Thompson’s way about two hours after Arkansas State did the same thing. The rising senior announced the Utes’ offer through his personal Twitter account.
Utah will battle Pac-12 rival Washington State as well as regional recruiting rival Wyoming in addition to nine other FBS schools interested in landing the Nacogdoches product.
Thompson (6-0, 180 ) 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.
Coincidentally, Utah’s last play for an East Texas football player was senior Lindale kicking specialist Jordan Lawless.
Lawless was offered a preferred walk-on spot by the Utes this past winter, but he ultimately signed with Tyler Junior College instead. As an academic qualifier, Lawless will have multiple opportunities to be re-recruited by four-year schools before obtaining a two-year degree from the local college.
Utah wasn’t lowballing Lawless though. It’s standard across the collegiate landscape to bring in kickers and not put them on scholarship until they prove their value on campus.
Thompson’s offer is a little bit better of a deal. It’s a full-ride scholarship, meaning he’s not on the hook for any of the finances incurred by attending the school other than occasionally traveling back home.
Utah put together a solid 2015 campaign highlighted by a 6-1 home record at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The team went 6-3 against Pac-12 competition and posted a 10-3 record overall.
The Utes’ season ended with a win against Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl, which helped the program to the 17th spot in the final Associated Press poll.
Head coach Kyle Whittingham, an 11-year veteran of the program, will be back once again to guide the team into its sixth season of Pac-12 competition. He helped the program win the Mountain West Conference championship in 2008 en route to second-place finish nationally and never had a team finish worse than fourth in the Mountain West.
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, can sign with any school 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, Utah, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (12)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)