During the last three years, senior Reese Thompson excelled for Argyle’s football team, but what he did during the track and field season cast the eyes of Texas upon him.
And after taking a trip to Austin, Thompson figured burnt orange will look good on him once he graduates high school.
Thompson orally committed to accept a partial track and field scholarship to Texas this week.
The Argyle senior joins former teammate Spencer McCloud, who graduated from Argyle in the spring and is a member of the Texas track team.
“I love how well I fit in with the team down there, and then everything they had to offer and the opportunities I’ll have on the track team, in academics and outside of school,” Thompson said. “I think they have everything that I need to perform at a high level.”
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day a class of 2014 track athlete can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 5.
Thompson said he received offers from Texas A&M, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Kansas State. He said the Longhorns recruited him to participate in decathlon, which includes 10 events.
That’s a testament to the versatility Thompson possesses — the reason he’s been able to excel in football and on the track.
Argyle football coach Todd Rodgers said Thompson is his fastest and most versatile athlete on a team that features four Football Bowl Subdivision recruits. Thompson was the fastest in the program in middle school, Rodgers said.
Thompson has started at cornerback for three years and usually is on the opposing team’s best wide receiver.
“I can pretty much predict the results if I do put him on there,” Rodgers said. “He may give up a catch, but they’d better not make a mistake with the pass. He’ll bat it down or intercept it.”
On the track, Thompson’s made his mark in pole vault.
Thompson earned the bronze medal at the 2012 Class 3A state meet, but he was forced to miss last year’s state meet because of illness.
Thompson said he’s never done the decathlon but has done all the events it consists of. He said he typically does about five events for Argyle, so he understands what will be asked of him when he goes to Texas.
The senior originally planned on visiting Kansas State, but once he was set on Texas he canceled the visit. Now Thompson can focus on the rest of the football season, as the Eagles are looking to win their first state championship.
In the spring, Thompson will be looking to add to his hardware collection and prepare himself for joining a track program in the Big 12.
“I feel good now that I don’t have to worry about it anymore, and knowing where I’m going, it’s a sense of relief,” Thompson said. “I feel really good about my decision. I’m excited to take on the rest of the football season and start up with track and make Texas proud.”
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