|HometownThe Woodlands, TX|
|High schoolThe Woodlands|
Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
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Thompson missed a sizable portion of his senior season because of a staph infection in his lower leg.
"He's one of the best, if not the best, linemen I've coached in 21 years." -- Mark Schmid, The Woodlands coach
The gurus say
Among offensive tackles, scout.com lists Thompson No. 49 and rivals.com puts him No. 80. Both rank him as a three-star prospect.
Well on his way to being a 300-pounder, Thompson still has the other intangibles to be a contributor in basketball and track for The Woodlands. One of four players expected to make an impact on the offensive line, his wing span is very good and Schmid said Thompson has a nice balance of being effective as both a run blocker and pass protector. Offers were wide-ranging for the mobile big man, from Texas A&M and Texas Tech in-state to Arizona, Purdue, Virginia and Colorado, despite battling injuries during a senior season in which he earned first-team all-district honors in class 5-A. Thompson's track resume at Woodlands highlights his efforts in the shot put and discus events.
Thompson has the flexibility to play both tackle and guard, and a redshirt season will be good for the NU staff to determine which fits him best. With Nebraska losing out on prospects Trevor Robinson, Dan Hoch and Bryce Givens, every offensive lineman in this class will be important as the Huskers try to sustain their depth up front.
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