MORGANTOWN - It is said all is bigger in Texas.
Except Jordan Thompson.
The new West Virginia receiver from the Lone Star State is but 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds.
Perhaps that's why no major Texas college offered the Mountaineer a scholarship.
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, however, saw the potential for big things from the Katy, Texas, native. And the receiver is proving him correct early in spring drills.
"If you can't touch him, you can't tackle him," Holgorsen said.
The Mountaineer coach spoke of New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who went from 170 pounds to 185 at Texas Tech. He spoke of current Mountaineer star Tavon Austin, who is still listed at but 5-9 and 174 pounds.
"I think Jordan has already added 10 pounds in the last few months," Holgorsen said. "It's not about size - it's more about quickness at that [slot] position. He'll be hit by big guys only if they can touch him."
Thompson is all smiles.
"My experiences here have been very good," he said after practice Tuesday. "Of course, the main adjustment is the speed, the transition from high school to college. But after the second practice, when I got the speed [factor] under my belt, I just knew ... It was back to like being in high school."
Some within the media chuckled. Two practices?
"It only took me two practices," Thompson said with a grin. "I knew I had to pick up my tempo, my motor, play faster and harder. I knew I had to do that to keep up with my boys. Since then, my experiences have been great."
Holgorsen seems to agree.
"He's a tough kid," said the coach. "I'm not giving him any credit right now; he hasn't played a down. He likes to play the game though. He played at Katy High School, one of the most renowned high schools in the entire country - and one of the most physical programs in the entire country.
"He was the second-leading receiver in the city of Houston. I think he's OK playing football. We recruit guys based on what their film says. He scored 21 touchdowns at one of the best high schools in the country, so the guy can play football."
Holgorsen remembered one of Thompson's high school plays in which he was hit so hard by a defensive back the helmet popped off.
"He just put his helmet back on and got ready for the next down," said the coach.