The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Rider High School running back chose TCU over other offers from Arizona, Georgia, Utah, and Tulsa. "I'm very excited to get my career at TCU started," said Thompson. Currently he ranks as the 62nd back in the 2009 class.
The District 5-4A Offensive Player of the Year recently ran an unofficial 4.43 forty and will look to improve on his 1300 total yard and 15 touchdowns from 2007. "I won't be sharing any carries in the backfield so my numbers should go up," stated Thompson.
When asked if he could describe himself as a back he replied, "I think I can do a little of everything. I can run, catch and block. Plus I've got good vision." As a sophomore in 2006, Thompson ran for 1088 yards and 11 touchdowns while splitting the load with
When it comes to his 2008 senior season, the running back is looking to improve on a few things. "I'm really wanting to work on my speed and conditioning. I think I can drop some time off of my forty," said Thompson. He has already gone on the record with TexasPrepInsider.com saying that this season is a state title or bust for the Raiders. "I think losing to Everman last year at Texas Stadium was tougher than the Frenship loss in 2006 because in 2006 everyone was back. We knew we had one more year, but we lost a lot of good seniors after the Everman game. Me and the rest of the seniors want to go out on top this year; those two losses motivate us everyday."
Look for more Jurell Thompson updates from BigPurpleNation.com throughout the 2008 season.