The Woodlands, Texas, offensive lineman Brandon Thompson had some windshield time Thursday afternoon to think about the recruiting process.
On his way to Stillwater, Okla., to pay the Cowboys a visit, Thompson discussed some of his current favorites.
"Right now I think my three favorites are Nebraska, Texas A&M and Northwestern," he said. "I want to go check out OSU and get to know their coaches a little better this weekend, and I want to see what their campus is all about."
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Thompson unofficially visited Texas A&M a couple of weeks ago and came away impressed with the Aggies' comprehensive offerings.
"I was really impressed with how they balance their academics and athletics," he said. "Their facilities are great and I wish I could have made it up to their game night last week."
The 2006 all-district selection seems tuned into his future and is intrigued by a degree from Northwestern, one of the nation's top academic institutions.
"The main reason I like them of coaches is because of their academics," he said. "A degree from there goes a long way in the business world."
Nebraska's history of developing offensive lineman into NFL draft picks may be strongest recruiting selling point to projected offensive guard.
"I really like Nebraska," he said. "It such a great program for my position and they have such a strong following. It's a great college town. I've got to get up and check it out."
While Thompson has several options to choose from, he doesn't want to be rushed into a decision.
"I'm going to commit as soon as I can, but I want to be sure," he said.
For now, Thompson will continue to participate in speed and conditioning workouts at school. He is also pleased that his leg contusion suffered from an ATV-accident is fully healed.
"I'm all healed up and ready for the season," he said.