Carl Thompson, one of the top defensive linemen in the Denton area, watched UNT’s second scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday and has the school on his short list of programs he is considering singing with in February.
Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 257-pound defensive end, holds scholarship offers from Central Florida and Louisiana Tech in addition to UNT.
“I want to make a decision by this summer,” Thompson said. “Education is important to me. I want to major in business. Location doesn’t really matter.”
Thompson was a first-team All-District 5-4A selection last season and was also an honorable mention all-state pick. The Guyer standout finished with 86 tackles, including 44 behind the line of scrimmage, eight sacks and 27 quarterback hurries.
Thompson said he could play defensive tackle or defensive end at the college level, depending on the way he develops, but will most likely end up as a defensive end.
UNT has put an emphasis in developing a pipeline to Denton-area schools that churn out top college prospects on an annual basis and have made headway over the last few years. John Schilleci signed with UNT out of Guyer and contributed on special teams last season. Dan Kottman, another former Guyer standout, transferred to UNT from San Diego State.
“Dan told me that he likes it at North Texas,” Thompson said. “I like everything I have seen so far.”
Thompson is listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and is ranked No. 89 on the website’s list of the top 100 players in the state in the Class of 2015.
The senior is expected to be a cornerstone of Guyer’s defense this fall when the Wildcats will look to win their third straight state title. Guyer will make the move to Class 6A, the largest classification in the state, this season.