first_imgTexas Longhorns players holding flagsAUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 and safety Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carry the American flags as the team takes the field before the NCAA football game against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas defeated BYU 17-16. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)Chris Thompson Jr. was with many of his other elite recruits at The Opening Finals this week in Frisco, Texas.It wasn’t a long trip for the Duncanville native. The four-star safety continues to impress throughout his recruitment.Thompson has taken recent official visits to Auburn, Ohio State, Texas, and USC. The four programs make up his list of finalists.Texas SB Nation site Burnt Orange Nation interviewed Chris Thompson Jr. about the Longhorns and his other finalists.He briefly went through what stands out about the three non-Texas programs involved. Thompson said that he “loved” his visit to Auburn, where he got an impression that assistant defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and head coach Gus Malzahn are genuine people. At USC, the plan that the coaches laid out for Thompson to get to the NFL stood out to him. In Columbus, a talk with co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jeff Hafley left Thompson thinking that the former NFL assistant is a “defensive guru,” something he found “pretty attractive.”A number of recruiting analysts think he is ultimately going to be Austin-bound, though. All eight of the crystal ball predictions logged at 247Sports have him ending up with Tom Herman’s program.It is easy to see why, too. Texas is the closest of his four finalists, by far. It was also the first Power Five team to extend him a scholarship offer, three months before the Buckeyes and over a year ahead of the other two in the race.He also has a prominent teammate that is already a member of the Longhorns class, who will be recruiting him from home.Thompson’s teammate at Duncanville, quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson, pledged to the Longhorns more than a month ago, starting discussion of the Dallas-to-Austin connection that eluded head coach Tom Herman and his staff since arriving on the Forty Acres. Jackson is now a consistent presence in Thompson’s ear recruiting for Texas.“It’s possible,” Thompson said of becoming a part of that pipeline. “I’m pretty open, but I’m just trying to find the school that is the best fit for me.”The Longhorns are also still making him feel like a priority, with Herman and safeties coach Craig Naivar.Plenty can change in recruitments like this, but Texas definitely feels like a team to beat here.[Burnt Orange Nation]last_img read more