The Nacogdoches auditorium roared with cheer once Josh Thompson signed the dotted line to take his talent to the University of Texas.
“I'm a leader and I just want everybody to see. I feel like I can come in and do my best to make an immediate impact freshmen year,” said Thompson.
Thompson certainly has the opportunity to make his name known early, as the Texas program is starting the upcoming season on a clean slate now that the Tom Herman era has started.
The defensive back originally committed to Texas when Charlie Strong was the man in charge, but felt no reason to pullback from his word once he was assured that Herman was taking over.
“When I found out Coach Herman was coming, I had a very good relationship with him,” said Thompson. “I felt like everything would be okay because I stayed in contact with him and most of the UH coaches that came in. I just felt comfortable. I probably felt more comfortable when Herman came in.”
The future Longhorn has comfortability with his soon-to-be coaches and also will have a piece of home with him in Austin. Thompson and former high school teammate, Brandon Jones, will be tag-teaming it once again in the secondary, just like old times.
“Brandon being there and everything else, I’ll feel comfortable when I go in. I went with him on a lot of visits last year so I kind of know the people that's there already. I'll be comfortable,” said Thompson.
The thrill of signing is just the start because there's a lot of work to be done in the state's capital. Texas has gone through three losing seasons that new head coach Tom Herman, the young roster, and signees like Thompson will have the responsibility of turning around.
“Last year, I knew they just had to get on the same page. They had to communicate. We had a freshmen quarterback last year so I knew things would be kind of shaky at times, but everyone's matured and we're going to come in and do our best to bring Texas back,” said Thompson.
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