Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Small, Quick Receiver Makes an Impression

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Small, Quick Receiver Makes an Impression

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jordan Thompson is not your prototypical Division I wide receiver.

He stands at 5 feet 7, 164 pounds. His nickname is "Squirt" -- hardly imposing.

He wasn't recruited heavily and is not yet the next Tavon Austin, the team's dazzling receiver already making Heisman lists this year.

But Thompson is fast. He can change direction quickly. He can make plays in space.

And that just might make him the perfect addition to Dana Holgorsen's offense at West Virginia.

"Some people doubted me," Thompson said. " 'You're too small to play Division I football.' In my head I'm like, 'No. Tavon's out there. He's just my size. He's out there doing it.' That gave me [the thought], 'No. I can prove these guys wrong.'"

Thompson arrived in January as one of five players to enroll early.

He'd gotten a call in the middle of class just a few months earlier as a senior at Katy High School outside of Houston, Texas -- where he took calculus as an elective.

He had been in talks with West Virginia's coaches and was well aware of the Mountaineers and how small, fast receivers are utilized in Holgorsen's spread offense.

He was in.

"I saw what Tavon was doing his sophomore year," Thompson said. "Last year ... he just exploded. I sat and watched with my family. I was like, 'Dang. He's just as small, has the same body type as me.' So I knew I could do something in college football."

Thompson's high school coach, Gary Joseph, knew a little bit about Holgorsen's offense.

"I've known coach Holgorsen for a long time. Watched him at Texas Tech. Watched him at the University of Houston," Joseph said. "From that standpoint I knew they could use him in their scheme.

"I knew it had to be the right program, the right situation. [Thompson] caught the ball very well in high school. He's a very confident kid. I thought it'd have a chance of carrying over."

So far, it has. …

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