Over the course of the past few years offensive lineman Kristopher Thigpen has been a mainstay up front for Arlington (Texas) Bowie, which one of the top programs in the state and has produced numerous college prospects over the years.
At 6-3, 250 pounds he has played offensive tackle for the Bowie Volunteers, but on the college level he has an idea a move to the inside is probably in his future.
"Most of the schools I've been talking to have been trying to get me to go down and play guard or center," Thigpen said. "I would enjoy the opportunity to play guard. I played guard before high school. I transitioned to tackle probably starting in ninth grade and I'll probably finish that out in high school.
"My main thing is wherever I plan on going, whatever is the best fit for the team and how I can make myself the most productive wherever they put me."
Thigpen received an offer from Texas Tech while Tommy Tuberville was at the helm of the Red Raider program. While there has been a change the Red Raiders are still high on his list.
"It's a school I look forward to visiting sometime and hopefully I'll go down during their scheduled junior day and see the campus," Thigpen said. "It's a place I wouldn't mind going to to play football."
The Red Raiders are not the only program showing interest.
"Since the season has ended I've talked to a number of people ranging from Notre Dame who came down to the school and Oklahoma State who came down to the school," Thigpen said. "Baylor's running backs coach and their head coach."
He even has a few visit plans in the works.
"I'm trying to find out the Texas Tech junior day and I know I'm attending the Baylor Junior Day March 2," Thigpen said.
It is still early, but three schools are currently at the top of his interest list.
"My three main schools right now are Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Baylor," Thigpen said. "As far as Texas Tech I know that's a school to have and I would work my butt off to beat out some of the guys they have there and guys they anticipate going there. I think they'd be a good fit for a program playing whatever position they need me to play.
"Oklahoma State I like the facilities and I like the coach, coach Wickline the offensive line coach, I like him a lot. He's a cool guy and a coach I wouldn't mind coaching me up for the next four years to hopefully give me a shot to go professional.
"I kind of like the feel around Baylor, it's similar to that too. I went down to their camp this summer and I had a great showing. The coaches were talking about how they liked my flexibility and that I should think about coming down there and visiting and see how I feel. Plus it's close to home so it's not stressful on whether or not I can come back for the holidays. That's good too."
As a junior in 2012, Thigpen was named first-team all-district for his efforts.