February 22, 2010

Thompson Already Started to Recruit

For most recruits that attended Oklahoma's Junior Day it was a new experience. For many it would be the first time that they would be able to come with their families and see the campus, check out the facilities and meet the Sooner coaching staff.

For Moore (Okla.) Southmoore pro-style quarterback Kendal Thompson he was Mr. Rogers, minus the bad sweater, and this was his neighborhood.

Another day in a neighborhood that he will call home come this time next year.

However, Thompson, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, admits it wasn't always all crimson and cream.

But certainly remembers when his interest shifted into one day following his father's footsteps and becoming a Sooner.

"It was the year they beat Florida State (to win the 2000 BCS National Championship). I went down there (Miami) with my family and was actually going for Florida State.

Fast forward eleven years later and now a Sooner commit Thompson talked about his thoughts on the Oklahoma Junior Day.

"It went pretty good. I was just down there meeting other recruits and trying to see what's on their minds," said Thompson as he and his Sabercat teammates prepare for the start of the Oklahoma high school 6A basketball playoffs.

"Coach (Bob) Stoops was there for a little bit and then they took us around and showed us the facilities and stuff like that. Then we went to the basketball game."

And how would he rate it on a scale of one to ten?

"I would say about a nine or eight and a half. I was with Chris Barnett, Malcolm Brown, Garrett Greenlea, Brey Cook, and Kameel (Jackson). We all had a good time," said Thompson

It should come as no surprise that Thompson enjoyed his, for now, second home but he was also paying careful mind to a few players who he hopes will be protecting him in the near future. And it seems Oklahoma has reason to feel confident about two of it's top targets along the offensive line.

"Brey Cook seemed pretty high on Oklahoma even though he didn't commit and (Garrett) Greenlea seemed pretty high on them as well," he admitted.

And while still there still remains a little less than a year away from officially signing and becoming a Sooner the talented Oklahoma product knows there is still a lot of work to do.

Could Thompson and (Kameel) Jackson become the class of 2011's main recruiters a la Brennan Clay from a year ago?

"Exactly. I'll definitely be that guy."

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