Washington State + Wyoming Offer Nacogdoches Defensive Back Josh Thompson
The recruitment of Nacogdoches junior defensive back Josh Thompson continued to pick up steam Monday, as the Dragons' standout received his second and third Division I FBS offers in two days.
Wyoming and Washington State became the ninth and 10th FBS programs to offer Thompson (6-0, 180), he announced on Twitter -- one day after picking up an offer from Minnesota.
In addition to his three latest scholarship opportunities, Thompson holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Ohio, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, and UTSA.
Thompson is also the first East Texan in the 2017 recruiting cycle to become a target of both Wyoming and Washington State.
The Dragons' CB now has two offers from schools in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) with the new offer from Washington State. Minnesota became the first on Sunday.
Washington State, a member of the Pac-12, is coached by former Texas Tech boss Mike Leach, who is set to begin his fifth season at the helm. The Cougars finished 2015 with a 9-4 record, which included with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl.
Wyoming, which competes in the Mountain West Conference, is led by head coach Craig Bohl, who will be entering his third season in charge this fall. The Cowboys struggled to a 2-10 finish in 2015.
Thompson is poised to become Nacogdoches’ fourth college-caliber defensive back in a three-year span. He will likely follow in the footsteps of Jaylon Lane and Brandon Jones — both of whom led their respective East Texas recruiting classes in sheer volume of offers — as well as Corey Lane.
Jones and Corey Lane will join Texas and Navarro College, respectively, following graduation from Nacogdoches later this month. Jaylon Lane was an Oklahoma State commitment leading up to the 2015 National Signing Day, but an off-the-field incident led him to play junior college football last season.
As a senior, Thompson will anchor a secondary that must transition away from Jones and Corey Lane. He recorded nine pass breakups, one interception and 33 tackles during his junior season while also recording 10 receptions for 152 yards as a receiver in a 10-game season.
Nacogdoches missed the playoffs despite tying for fourth place in its district last season with Lindale and Corsicana. Lindale claimed the league’s final playoff spot with the best point differential between the three teams.
The Dragons will compete in District 17-5A this season along with Corsicana, Ennis, Jacksonville, Lindale, and Whitehouse.
Thompson, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to 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, UTSA (10)
- 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, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Tulsa (12)
- 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 Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (6)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, SMU, Tulane, ULL (5)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (10)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offer from Arkansas State, Indiana, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM (6)
- 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 — offer from Texas State (1)
- 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, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (11)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Ohio, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULM, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (10)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)