Bypassing the double-digit mark in scholarship offers this week, The Woodlands, Texas offensive tackle prospect Brandon Thompson has had no problem gathering attention in his recruiting process.
While he already had several scholarship offers going into this past week, new ones have come in from Arizona, Iowa State, Texas A&M, and Virginia. Thompson had added earlier offers from schools such as Air Force, Boise State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas Tech, and Rice.
Coach Mark Schmid says that the early list of offers isn't a surprise.
"I talked during the off-season with Brandon to tell him that I wanted him to start thinking about what he wanted out of a school because I really felt by the end of spring football, he'd have about 10 or 15 scholarship offers from good schools," Schmid said. "He's not coming forth with who is the favorite right now tough.
"His wish is that he goes to a place where he feels he'll be able to play sooner than his senior year. So he's really looking down the road as far as which school has juniors or seniors on the offensive line."
Though there are no definite favorites, the two in-state offers from Texas A&M and Texas Tech have certainly caught his eye.
"I think the (Texas A&M) offer really piqued his interest," Schmid said. "He said going into this process, when I asked about the Texas schools, he said his top schools were Texas and Texas A&M. So, I think the A&M offer is real promising for him.
"He really likes Texas Tech from the standpoint that we have a number of our players that have gone there like Daniel Charbonnet, Danny Amendola, and then Taylor Charbonnet from this last year. He sees himself playing there early and he's going to know some guys there, so he has high interest in them."
As for out of state schools, some of the ones that are frequently mentioned by Thompson include Oklahoma State, Northwestern, and Purdue.
"He really wants to go visit Oklahoma State because he's done some research on them," Schmid said. "He knows that it's going to be a top notch place as far as facilities. Purdue and Northwestern are two other schools that he talks about. I think he likes the fact that they're a Big Ten school and it's something completely different than the Big 12."
Thompson has already set up his first official visit to Northwestern on Sept. 28 for a home game against Michigan. After a minor injury suffered off the field, Schmid says that Thompson is back running on the track and should be ready to go for strength and conditioning on June 11.