An under the radar talent who had been rising up recruiting boards over the summer circuit, three star cornerback Josh Thompson announced his decommitment from TCU and subsequent commitment to Texas Wedensday afternoon via twitter:
Once Again This Is My Decision.. Thanks To Everyone Who Is With Me. pic.twitter.com/xZ4o3zezTS— Josh Thompson ⁶ (@given__talent) July 27, 2016
The 6'0" corner out of Nacogdoches had 25 offers heading into his senior year, but with most being from Group of Five schools, he had managed to fly slightly under the radar. That is, until Gary Patterson identified him as an elite talent, which led to the Horns putting the full court blitz on the versatile defensive player. From Burnt Orange Nation:
The bottom line is that TCU evaluates defensive backs as well as anyone, so if head coach Gary Patterson thinks that Thompson can play, Thompson can play.
Numbers at the position and a desire to conduct thorough evaluations have the Longhorns taking a bit more time, but don’t be surprised if Strong eventually comes to the same conclusion as Patterson.
Josh initially committed to TCU in June, after attending a TCU Football Camp in East Texas. He was the third defensive player to pledge over the course of what was a very good weekend for the Frogs.
Thompson attended Texas' junior day earlier this year and attended their spring game, despite not having received an offer from Charlie Strong and his staff. But on an official visit earlier this week, UT finally gave him what he wanted, and Thompson quickly changed his mind and his pledge.
As with all verbal commits, you never get too excited about a kid until he signs on the dotted line. I would expect Thompson to gain more interest over the course of his final high school season, and it wouldn't surprise me if he changed his mind again. Also, don't rule out TCU finding a way to get back in the picture as far as his decision goes - Patterson doesn't give up easily, and with Texas' coaching staff very much in flux pending the on field results of the coming season, this saga may not be over quite yet.
That being said, best of luck to Josh in the future, and we wish him well.