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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Texas WR Carlos Thompson Big 12 bound

By Sam Khan Jr.

For a large portion of his senior season, Manvel (Texas) High School receiver Carlos Thompson was without an FBS offer.

He did have one offer, from Houston Baptist, which will compete play at the FCS level in the Southland Conference in 2014, but despite being the Houston-area's leader in receiving yards, Thompson went through a large chunk of the season without an FBS team extending an offer.

Much has changed since then and now Thompson is heading to the Big 12 to play for Texas Tech. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver committed to the Red Raiders on Thursday afternoon.

"It means a lot to me, just to know that all my hard work paid off and everything," Thompson said. "I think that we're going to make some noise in the Big 12 next year. We're going to be throwing the ball around a lot and we all know coach [Kliff] Kingsbury likes to throw the ball from his previous stops at Texas A&M and Houston. So we're just going to spread it out and throw it around."

Thompson, who caught 67 passes for 1,452 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, will fit in well in Kingsbury's offense. He played in the same style of offense at Manvel, lining up in the slot. He was one of the Houston area's most explosive playmakers at his position and also played cornerback and contributed as a return specialist on special teams.

Recruited by Eric Morris, Thompson also held offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Old Dominion and Houston Baptist. Louisiana-Lafayette was the first FBS team to offer Thompson, doing so in November, but Thompson said he's now uncertain if he will keep his scheduled official visit to Lafayette on Feb. 1.

He will take an official visit to Texas Tech on Jan. 25. Kingsbury and Morris have already made an impression on Thompson, making an in-home visit to the prospect recently.

"They were seeing me as playing a slot there possibly and they really like me a lot," Thompson said. "They said they would keep in contact which they've been doing the past couple of weeks."

It took time, but Thompson's performance and hard work paid off.

"It's very exciting," he said. "It's hard to put into words. It just makes me so happy to know that I'll be playing Big 12 football this year."