Recruiting on the South Plains | Manvel IR Carlos Thompson Commits to Texas Tech

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There are a handful of higher rated players that play for Manvel, but Kliff Kingsbury arguably got the most productive of any of them. This is a case of whether or not you believe in production or measurables. There was no question that Carlos Thompson was the most explosive player, but he wasn’t thought as being the best for colleges.

PLAYER: Carlos Thompson

POSITION: Receiver/
HEIGHT: 5’9"
WEIGHT: 173
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Manvel (Manvel, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Clip 3
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout N/R | ESPN N/R | 247 Sports 81
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 67.75
VTM PROFILE DATE: January 18, 2013

OFFERS | Check this: Houston Baptist, Louisiana Lafayette, Old Dominion and Stephen F. Austin. Seriously, that’s the offer list, prior to the offer to Texas Tech.

STATS | This is where things get interesting. I mentioned above that Thompson is the most productive player for Manzel, catching 70 passes for 1,397 yards and 20 touchdowns. Thompson is either a 2-star or not rated at all. Teammates WR Kyrion Parker, a TAMU commit and 4-star player, had 46 catches for 951 yards and 13 touchdowns and WR Austin Bennett, a OU commit and 3-star player, had 42 catches for 676 yards and 8 touchdowns. Parker is 6’3" and Bennett is 6’0". Thompson is a lowly 5’9" and that appears to be the difference between these players. Perhaps Parker and Bennett had better junior years. Thompson only had 9 catches for 170 yards as a junior, so he made a huge jump as a senior.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Nothing that I could find.

SCOUTING REPORT | Just a few limited clips and he’s really quick, can stop on a dime on that first clip, hug the sideline and then down the field really quick. Pretty impressive to see him out-run any defender.

In this video, Thompson is #1 on the field and #1 in your hearts.

Again, Thompson looks like a kid that is incredibly productive, but just small. And he's small in comparison to his teammates who got offers, but Thompson was obviously more productive. More productive by 461 yards and 7 touchdowns than Parker. That's not just a little bit of production. I also think it is interesting that these recruiting services have all obviously showed up to watch Parker and Bennett, but Scout and ESPN didn't even bother to rate the kid that was the most productive kid on the field. I find that odd.

Carlos, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2013 Class | Someone reminded me that Will Barrow was no longer committed and that is how bad I am about keeping up with some of this stuff. I always appreciate corrections. For the record, a cumulative ranking of around 70 is where Texas Tech was last year, Texas Tech just doesn't have the numbers to be considered by the national services (they take into account the volume as well as rankings). It also helps that I've added Loller and Williams, but I'm a rebel like that.

Position

Commitment

Ht/Wt

School/State

Cumulative Ranking

QB Davis Webb 6-4/195 Prosper (Prosper, TX) 74.57
RB Tyler Middleton 6-0/180 Navarro J.C. (Corsicana, TX) 71.50
WR Dylan Cantrell 6-3/202 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) 73.90
IR Carlos Thompson 5-9/173 Manvel (Manvel, TX) 65.75
OG Baylen Brown 6-4/295 O'Connor (Helotes, TX) 71.14
OL Maurice Porter 6-5/290 Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 74.86
OL Cody Hayes 6-5/260 Eastern Hills (Ft. Worth, TX) 67.67
DT J.J. Loller 6-3/275 A&M Consolidated (College Station, TX) 71.11
DB Maurice Chandler 6-0/180 Lawton (Lawton, OK) 71.19
ATH Justis Nelson 6-2/180 Dallas Christian (Mesquite ,TX) 71.78
ATH Caleb Woodward 6-1/190 Leander (Leander ,TX) 66.38
ATH Dee Paul 5-11/160 Munday (Munday ,TX) 66.38
Averages 69.91
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