January 29, 2012

Thompson Switches Commitment to Wyoming

The Cowboys received a commitment from quarterback Jason Thompson after he visited Wyoming during the weekend of January 15th.

Thompson decommited from the PAC 12's Washington Huskies to verbal Wyoming, since UW head coach Dave Christensen will give the 6-foot-3 and 195 prospect a chance to play quarterback.

The Huskies recruited him as a defensive back and had no interest in trying him at the position he wanted to play on the college level. Montana and Portland State also offered him a scholarship at quarterback.

Thompson is a good athlete with the ability to play both sides of the ball, though the Cowboys like his skills at quarterback and to play as a dual-threat signal caller with his talent as a runner and passer. He was worked as a receiver during the California's Full Contact Camp this summer. The same camp current Wyoming wide receiver commitment Trent Sewell attended.

"I play quarterback at Kennedy [High School]," said Thompson. "But at this camp, they had me playing all over the field. For this part right here, I just stuck to wide receiver and showed the coaches my versatility. For the most part, I did well."

Wyoming returns Brett Smith and Colby Kirkegaard at quarterback, while losing Adam Pittser to transfer, which opened a scholarship at quarterback for Thompson. He give the Pokes some security at the position and possible competition in the future.

"My experience at quarterback is good, though, because from a safety's perspective," said Thompson "I'll know how an offense generally works, and I'll have that leadership aspect as well."

The Huskies labeled Thompson as an "athlete," with the likelihood of him landing at the safety or outside linebacker position. He played safety on the defensive side of the ball in high school. His cousin, Desmoun Thompson, looks to sign with Washington.

"Three colleges wanted me at three different spots," Thompson said. "It's just whatever gets me on the field."

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