The alarm rang inside of a Kansas State dorm room at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday morning, and Skylar Thompson plopped out of bed and walked through the door. Within 20 minutes, he was seated in his economics class. A few hours later, he was attending a business class on the Manhattan campus.
On the day he headlined Kansas State’s incoming freshman recruiting class, this is how Thompson spent National Signing Day for high school athletes.
As a college student.
After graduating from Fort Osage High School early — only a few weeks after leading the Indians to their first Missouri Class 5 state championship — Thompson enrolled in Manhattan for the spring semester.
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It’s provided mostly benefits, he says, even if it eliminated a vision to celebrate signing day.
“When I got here, I realized it’s a good decision — because it’s something you have to adapt to,” Thompson said. “The speed and the intensity of the workouts increase. The playbook, it’s something that I know I’m capable of learning quickly, but it’s a process to get acclimated to the language and the terminology. I’m glad I’m going through this right now rather than scrambling over the summer to get my feet underneath me.”
Thompson, a four-star quarterback recruit, is the highest-rated prospect in Kansas State’s class, and while he is hopeful his early enrollment could offer him a chance to compete with returners Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener and Alex Delton, he knows redshirting may be an option, too.
As a dual-threat quarterback, Thompson passed for 25 touchdowns and ran for 21 more in his senior season at Fort Osage.
“He is so athletic,” Snyder said. “He is athletic, and he is a very hard worker. He is an intelligent, bright young guy who will pick things up quickly. Those are the key elements. I also like his ability to throw the football.
“We will define in the spring whether he he can step in and compete immediately for a great deal of playing time.