Key Texas S target Chris Thompson Jr. sets decision date

It won’t be long before Duncanville safety Chris Thompson Jr. is committed to the program of his choosing.

On Wednesday night, the four-star talent took to Twitter to announce that he’ll be making his college decision three weeks from now on Aug. 1.

Of the several safety targets on Texas’ big board, Chris Thompson Jr. has long been considered the most likely to land in Austin, and that’s now likely even more true with his teammate, four-star quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson, committed to the program. As was the case with Jackson, Longhorns assistant receivers coach Ra’Shaad Samples’ presence and ties to Duncanville can only help the Horns here.

“It’s possible,” Thompson told BON’s Joe Hamilton of joining Jackson as members of Texas’ 2020 class. “I’m pretty open, but I’m just trying to find the school that is the best fit for me.”

After numerous trips throughout the 2018 calendar year, Thompson made the short trek to Austin to take in a spring practice earlier this offseason, and he’s since returned for an official visit on May 3. More recently, he’s officially visited Ohio State, Notre Dame, and USC, and Auburn is a factor, as well. However, aside from proximity to home, Texas holds one distinct edge in the fact that the Horns have been in the mix from the beginning, as BON’s Wescott Eberts noted.

“Texas had a head start of three months on Ohio State, 12 and a half months on USC, and 13 and a half months on Auburn. The hope for the Longhorns coaching staff is that the extra time they’ve had to build a relationship with Thompson will win out over the programs to enter Thompson’s recruitment more recently.”

With his decision looming, Thompson’s Crystal Ball is entirely in favor of Texas, with eight picks placed to date.

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