This past Tuesday, Clemson landed its quarterback of the 2022 recruiting class when it gained a commitment from Austin (Texas) Westlake four-star pro-style Cade Klubnik. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, a second pledge and top-100 addition could be coming soon by way of Texas in Spearman High four-star athlete Brenen Thompson.
Recent predictions Wednesday and Thursday from four 247Sports experts — Horns247 Texas contributor Nick Harris, Horns247 Texas insider Mike Roach, OUInsider Oklahoma insider Brandon Drumm and TheMichiganInsider.com Michigan insider Steve Lorenz — indicate that the Tigers are in a lead for Thompson.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder is a track star with a verified time of 10.32 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He also runs the 200-meter dash, with a verified time of 21.51 seconds on his 247Sports recruiting profile.
Thompson is a two-sport athlete in football and track, also performing the long jump. As a sophomore during the 2019 season, Thompson was Texas District 3-3A-II’s Newcomer of the Year.
Per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, Thompson is a top-75 overall prospect at No. 73. Thompson is also the No. 8 athlete and No. 13 player in Texas. From a Top247 perspective, Thompson is No. 166 overall, No. 12 athlete and No. 27 in Texas.
An Under Armour All-American, Thompson blew up last spring, since racking up Power Five offers from all over the country. Thompson’s expansive offer sheet includes Nebraska, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Florida State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida, Penn State, Stanford, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Arizona State, South Carolina LSU and Wisconsin.
Thompson released his top 12 Dec. 23 when he included Texas A&M, Clemson, Nebraska, Auburn, Texas, Stanford, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Georgia, Oregon and Alabama.
After Klubnik took to Twitter and committed Tuesday to Clemson, Thompson seemingly applauded the move in a quote-tweet response. Thompson wrote, “TURN ME UP.”
Thompson opened up on his interest in Clemson Dec. 11 with Clemson247’s Anna Hickey.
“Obviously football is great at Clemson,” Thompson said. “It’s a winning team, a winning mentality, ‘WRU,’ but not only that … Clemson is a lot more than football. It’s also about what they have around there and off-campus. They’re a family.”
As a native of Texas, Thompson has also kept in touch with the home-state Longhorns and new offensive-minded head coach Steve Sarkisian.
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“I’m going to hold off until the family can get on campus and see everything, and then go from there,” Thompson told Harris Jan. 14. “It’s just got to feel like home. I want to be comfortable because I play my best when I’m comfortable. I want to be in a situation that I like, so having a good relationship with the staff and being able to fit in the offense are both huge.”