Texas commit Thompson likely to play defense

LonghornDigest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 25, 2010

LonghornDigest caught up with San Antonio (Texas) John Paul Stevens athlete and Texas commit Mykkele Thompson to get the latest from him. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound playmaker indicated that he will likely line up at a new position at the next level. Read the update below to get the inside scoop.

San Antonio (Texas) John Paul Stevens High athlete Mykkele Thompson is one of the more dynamic football prospects in the talent-rich state of Texas. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Texas commit lines up all over the field for his high school team, but he will likely start his college career on defense.

“I was supposed to play receiver at first but then the coaches decided they want to try me out at defensive back. Most people expected me to be a receiver because of my height and build, but I’m going to try out corner and safety,” said Thompson.

Like most of the Longhorns 2011 commits, Thompson was on hand for the Texas football camp that took place in Austin a few weeks ago.

“It was a great experience. I got to get some work on defense and I got a feel for the tempo over there. The coaches gathered all the commits before the camp started so we could converse.”

This summer the San Antonio playmaker plans on focus on improving himself for his senior season as well as for when he gets to the next level.

“I’m trying to become a better leader towards my team. I want to be more vocal and lead by example. It’s something that will help me this year and when I get to Texas.”

Thompson is one of many people who are glad that Texas decided to stay in the Big-12 and uphold their football tradition.

“The Big-12 is a great conference. It’s nice to know they stayed where they felt comfortable. It’s also nice not having to go somewhere where it’s harder for fans and players because of travel.”

The football field isn’t the only place isn’t the only place where Thompson excels. His high school voted him male athlete of the year for his participation in track and field where he participated in the long jump, the 4x100 relay and the 4x200 relay.

Thompson plans to take an official visit to Austin sometime this fall. He finished his junior season with 591 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, along with 307 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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