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Top programs looking to take lead for Rivals250 DB Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson held his own with some of the top prospects in the country at Prime 21 on Saturday
Chris Thompson held his own with some of the top prospects in the country at Prime 21 on Saturday (NICK KRUEGER |

ARLINGTON, Tex. – 2020 Rivals250 safety Chris Thompson Jr. has quickly become a must-have recruit for all of the state’s top programs. Though some assumptions can be made, he’s careful not to spill too much when it comes to early favorites of his.

For Thompson’s part, he’s been reasonably active in making some visits and getting familiar with the teams that have shown him the most interest this summer. He’s still keeping an open mind about what that means for his considerations with his junior season right around the corner.

“Whatever God has planned for me – I really don’t know,” he said.

In the meantime, coaches have done their best to try and give him something to think about. Thompson has made several visits to Texas A&M since picking up an offer from the Aggies in February and was on campus again in early June. He’s also made several visits to Texas and was back in Austin for the Longhorns’ Heat Wave recruiting event before making a trip to Alabama – who he said is neck-and-neck with TCU as one of the teams that has made more of an effort in recruiting him as of late.


On his Alabama visit

“I got a chance to work out a little bit in front of Coach (Nick) Saban,” he said. “That was a great experience. I didn’t really get the chance to talk with him as much, but I feel like I did a good job … I’ve been dealing mostly with Coach (Jeff) Banks.”

On his Texas A&M visit

“I had a chance to get personal with some of the players and former players, so that was a good thing,” he said. “I was able to spend some time with Coach Mo [Maurice Linguist] and Coach (Mike) Elko, and I had a long talk with Coach Jimbo Fisher which was good – great.”

“He’s a real relaxed guy,” he said. “I like him, actually, I can really see him as kind of like a grandpa, sort of … I probably talk to [Linguist] about every two weeks. They’ve all been saying to me that they want me to be the leader of their 2020 class.”

On his recent offer from Ohio State

“They love me as well,” he said. “They’ve also told me they’re looking me as a leader in the 2020 class and they like my physical play ... I have a feeling when we get to September they’ll be one of the teams really trying to take the lead in my recruitment.”

On Oklahoma State’s recent recruiting efforts

“Coach (Tim) Duffie is a real cool guy,” he said. “He’s been really hard on me about coming to visit because I haven’t been able to make it up there yet. But he’s a really cool guy, I like him a lot.”



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