Texas adds another East Texas safety to their secondary as 2020 safety, Jerrin Thompson out of Lufkin, joins the Longhorns’ 2020 class.
And the defensive backfield keeps getting deeper. Despite missing on C.E. Kings’ DB Bryson Washington, the Longhorns turned right around and played the Jerrin Thompson recruitment perfectly to land a top-end safety with bundles of potential.
At 6’0″ and 180-pounds, Thompson projects to be either a nickel or a field safety. This makes sense as Thompson is a sure tackler with great form and pretty decent instincts in the deep field. Thompson really excels as a playmaker in the open space thanks to his instincts, above-average athleticism (4.6 forty, 4.2 shuttle, and 32.7″ vertical), and his sticky tackles.
Thompson also has the prototypical frame of a safety. Long arms, square shoulders, thick torso, loose hips, and powerful legs. However, I think he will need a summer or two’s worth of sessions with Yancy McKnight to hone these weapons.
While he is a heavy hitter in the run game, the one criticism of Thompson’s game would be his aggression in the passing game. He is not a ballhawk, that is for sure; however, he possesses the tools to be one. He is able to track down thrown balls, but he needs to show more aggression when the ball leaves the quarterbacks hands.
Thompson has some long-term potential for the Longhorns and adds more brains and talent to a LOAD backfield.
Texas’ 2020 class now boasts twelve pretty high caliber players in a class where they only plan to take twenty or twenty-two.