Thompson likewise remembers Holgorsen.
"I feel I was really under the radar [in regard to recruiting]," Thompson said. "I didn't have a lot of exposure. A lot of teams were interested, but weren't really talking to me.
"Then one day my high school coach called me to his office and told me Dana Holgorsen was looking at me. He said [Holgorsen] was going to come to one of my games. So he came down. I only played one half, but ended up with five catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns. From then on, Dana and [assistant coach] Shannon [Dawson] were contacting me non-stop, even when I was in class.
"I had to tell the teacher I had college coaches calling and she'd let me answer."
Thompson said his Dec. 9 visit here "sealed the deal."
"I felt like I fit this system and Dana really knew what he was doing. Another big thing was [WVU] going to the Big 12. Being from Texas, I knew the Big 12 is definitely good football."
Thompson absolutely beamed when relating the story of Holgorsen calling his high school coach.
"[The name of Dana Holgorsen] carries a lot of weight there," said the receiver. "Everybody knows Dana Holgorsen and they know he's the mastermind of the greatest offenses. Everybody in Texas would love to play for Dana Holgorsen."
Thompson, by the way, said he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash last summer at the LSU and Texas Tech camps.
"I feel like I have faster in me though," he said.
Thompson said Austin is mentoring him, giving tips against certain defenses. ("He'll say you don't need a Rodger route against that defense, you need a plant and cut," said Thompson.) The freshman said Austin, Stedman Bailey and J.D. Woods have all been helping.
Now he's ready to help himself and show those in Texas that big can come in small packages.
"I feel I have a lot to prove," he said. "I feel [the Texas schools] should have seen me - and they could have had me."
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