Texas Longhorns Football: Where Should Mack Brown Use Mykkele Thompson?

Kris HughesCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2011

Mykkele Thompson- Texas Unheralded Recruit
Mykkele Thompson- Texas Unheralded Recruit

Chances are you may not have heard of Mykkele Thompson.

You will soon enough if you follow Texas Longhorns football.

A 6'1", 175-pound athlete from San Antonio Stevens, Thompson was the leading rusher in Texas 5A football last season with 2,859 yards.

The strong, speedy incoming freshman set this mark as a quarterback, not at running back, carrying the ball 100 fewer times than the state's second-leading rusher.

This feat speaks for itself.

Projected to be a part of the secondary at Texas, Thompson has the explosive athleticism, strength and sturdy frame which will allow the new coaching staff to utilize him wherever he can make the greatest impact.

If they actually choose to do so.

This is intriguing for Mack Brown, especially considering the significant needs at several positions on both sides of the ball.

With his ability to carry the ball and throw effectively, Thompson could be used as a Wildcat-type quarterback or as a mix-up running back to give defenses another look to be forced to game plan for.

Thompson split time at wide receiver and quarterback during his senior season at Stevens, and it is just as possible Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite could lobby to use him as a deep threat at wideout to complement Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Malcolm Williams.

According to a recent interview with Thompson in the Austin American-Statesman, his goal is to play cornerback at Texas. If so, he could quickly contribute in a defensive secondary which has several question marks and only one standout in four-year starter and potential defensive captain Blake Gideon.

Thompson is yet another in the long line of talented athletes Mack Brown has recruited over the past few years which includes Cayuga's Traylon Shead, DeMarco Cobbs and D.J. Monroe.

Longhorns fans can only hope Thompson sees the field in some capacity and doesn't stand on the sidelines in pads or just contribute on special teams.

This would be another unfortunate waste of athleticism and talent which has befallen so many other high school greats across the state of Texas when entering the college game.

Where do you think Brown should play Thompson to have the quickest and most substantial impact?