Four-star quarterback Casey Thompson committed to Texas on Thursday, giving the Longhorns their third commit of the 2018 recruiting class.
Up until 2017, Casey Thompson’s family had been all about Boomer Sooner. His dad played for Oklahoma. His older brother was a Sooner before transferring to Utah.
But the path for Thompson is leading him to the other side of the Red River Rivalry.
On Thursday, the 4-star prospect committed to Texas, giving the Longhorns their third commit of the cycle. He chose them over Arizona State, Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee, who were among his final schools.
With the addition of the No. 13 quarterback and No. 137 overall player in the country, Texas moves up from No. 36 to No. 17 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings.
When asked about what pushed the Longhorns ahead for his commitment, Thompson replied with as simple a reason as one can have.
“Tom Herman,” Thompson told 247Sports. “I just think he’s a great coach. His track record speaks for itself. Me and Coach Herman talk about every other day. We just have a really good relationship. He’s a great coach.”
Herman’s staff is currently working with a couple of young, gunslinging quarterbacks already. Texas started true freshman Shane Buechele last season, and now the rising sophomore is competing with incoming freshman Sam Ehlinger.
Thompson likely won’t be serious competition to take away snaps from either player once the 2018 season rolls around, but 6-foot, 184-pound quarterback can play ball and will add significant depth to the position.
He may not have the biggest frame, but Thompson can toss the rock. He’s accurate both from within the pocket and when rolling out of it, and it’s his mobility that really threatens defenses.
The possibility of Thompson pulling the ball down and taking off with it himself, creating with his legs, forces defensive ends to contain instead of riding the arc and providing a pass rush. And Thompson has no problem climbing the pocket and delivering strikes. He makes great decisions with the football and has “future captain” written all over him.
But, hey, that’s what you’ll get with a kid from a football family.