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Jordan Thompson Enjoying Early WVU Career


West Virginia University had five players in its 2012 signing class enroll in school early. Those five players get an early start on taking college classes. They are also allowed to participate in spring football practices.

Wide Receiver Jordan Thompson is one of those five players. Thompson comes to WVU from Katy, Texas. He just completed his first week of practice as a Mountaineer.

"I am feeling really confident," Thompson said. "I am getting a lot of reps. Coach Dawson is making sure that I am rotating in with the two's and getting reps with the three's. Overall I am getting a good amount of reps."

Thompson was not quite a Mountaineer in early January when WVU hammered Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl. However, he was watching closely that night and cheering on his future teammates.

"When I saw Stedman [Bailey] and Tavon [Austin] doing what they were doing, it got me excited and hyped me up," Thompson said with a big smile on his face. "It made me assure myself that I made the right decision to come here. So far, it's the best decision I have made."

There were many records broken that night in Miami. Quarterback Geno Smith broke several of them. That included throwing six touchdown passes.

"The first time I met Geno I was in shock and awe," Thompson stated. "But then I realized I am here just like they are here. I just need to develop and they will help me. I just saw him on TV and now I am here with him in person. It was a great experience."

WVU likes to try and incorporate an eight-man rotation at wide receiver. That creates plenty of playing time for many of the receivers on the roster. Thompson believes he will get himself into position to be one of those eight receivers.

"I feel like I am definitely going to get my shots," Thompson said. "I just have to perform. That is why they have me here is to perform. If I can perform, I will get my shots."

Thompson is a long way from home. He is one of a handful of players on the roster from the state of Texas. West Virginia will begin playing in the Big 12 this fall and Thompson couldn't be happier about that.

"I'm very excited," Thompson said smiling. "That definitely put the icing on the cake for me signing here. Because growing up living in Texas, Big 12 football is definitely big down there. When I heard West Virginia was going to the Big 12 it definitely settled in for me."

The news of the settlement between West Virginia University and the Big East was followed by the release of the 2012 schedule. Seeing schools like Texas and Oklahoma on it made the move to the Big 12 more of a reality and a guarantee to play some games in Thompson's home state.

"It hit me like wow, this is actually reality," Thompson stated. "It's not a dream. It will be fun playing in Texas again."

There is still a lot for Thompson and the rest of the Mountaineers to go through before beginning the 2012 slate. More than a month remains in spring practice. That will be followed by the Gold-Blue game on April 21. Then the players need to endure summer workouts and fall camp before running out of the tunnel against Marshall in the season opener this September.

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