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2016 QB Skylar Thompson Commits to Kansas State

For Skylar Thompson and his family, Mother’s Day was extra special as the three-star quarterback issued his commitment to Kansas State. Thompson chose the Wildcats over seven other offers from schools such as Wake Forest, Colorado and Kansas.

Last season, Thompson had a prolific year at Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri. Thompson led the Indians offense with a 64-percent completion rate to go with 2,385 passing yard, 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Thompson also added 461 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

“The opportunity to play for coach Bill Snyder is exciting,” Thompson told Scout.com’s Derek Young. “Their football program as a whole is top-notch.”

Thompson is rated as the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player in the state of Missouri according to 247sports.com.

Analysis

Thompson is listed as a dual-threat quarterback on 247sports, and while the 6’2”, 195-pound passer has the mobility to keep defenses honest, he does most of his damage inside the pocket. Thompson threw for big numbers last year thanks to his ability to throw wide receivers open and to keep his eyes downfield when the pocket collapses. Thompson has great footwork within the pocket and is very economical with his movements, which is an impressive trait for a high school QB. Thompson goes through his progressions well as he moves up within the pocket. Accuracy is a strong suit of his game, as evidenced by his high completion percentage.

Most of Thompson’s highlight tape shows him taking snaps out of the shotgun. This is fairly common in high school quarterbacks, but he will be asked to take snaps under center at the next level. When he does take snaps in pro-style formations, Thompson is light on his feet and gets good depth in his drop-backs. His footwork is also a positive when he flees the pocket, as he shows the ability to square his shoulders when throwing on the run.

Although Thompson shows many strong traits, the three-star prospect does have some work to do shoring up a few areas of his game. Thompson’s release is quick enough to avoid the rush in high school, and is repeatable, but he would benefit by tightening it up a bit. Thompson also has a tendency to throw off his back foot. When he does transfer his weight and step into throws, the result is often a strike to his wide out. This is one aspect that he can serve to execute with more consistency. At this point, Thompson doesn’t have the strongest arm either, but he is still developing and a tighter release could allow him to apply more pace to his passes.

At 6’2” and around 200-pounds, Thompson has the size to play quarterback at the next level for the Wildcats. He is a smart passer who rarely makes mistakes, and when the throw is not available downfield he doesn’t hesitate to flee the pocket and run for a first down. These traits will allow him to flourish at the college level. Thompson will not be asked to step into the starting lineup immediately at Kansas State, and should benefit from spending time learning the offense for a few years. He projects well as a versatile quarterback that has the skills and experience to run a spread offense, or even venture into the option if need be.

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