Derek Thompson has verbally committed to trade the red and white of Glen Rose for the ‘mean’ green of the University of North Texas.
Thompson made the commitment after a visit to the Denton campus last weekend, and will look to help turn around a program that was a combined 3-21 over the last two seasons.
“It’s close to home,” said Thompson. “Also, I respect the coaching staff up there (at North Texas), and they seemed to really want me. It’s just a good fit.”
Thompson is headed to a program under the direction of Todd Dodge, formerly of Southlake Carroll High School.
Dodge finished his first season with a record of 2-10, while going 1-11 last season.
One of the major recruits of Dodge was his son, Riley, the quarterback from Southlake. However, Thompson isn’t worried about the challenge.
“I’m probably going to redshirt during my freshman year,” said Thompson. “I’m going to compete. (Coach Dodge) is going to put the best quarterback on the field. If it’s Riley, then it’s Riley.”
Thompson has been a success for the Tigers since coming onto the scene as a sophomore, claiming the District 12-3A Newcomer of the Year award before moving on to being named the Offensive MVP in his junior season.
This past season, Thompson passed for 2,394 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for 553 yards and 12 scores.
Thompson was the District 7-3A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Since Thompson has been on the varsity squad, he has been under the tutelage of Tommy Dunn.
Dunn was the offensive coordinator before taking the reigns as the head coach prior to Thompson’s senior season.
“(Coach Dunn) told me to go wherever I think I need to go,” said Thompson. “He said I need to go where I like the coaches and I feel I could play.”
Thompson also considered attending Texas State and Eastern New Mexico before settling on the Mean Green. He plans to major in sports marketing.