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10 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Skylar Thompson

In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of quarterback Skylar Thompson.

I hate to even suggest these kinds of expectations for a kid, but Skylar Thompson sure reminds me of a young Ell Roberson.
I hate to even suggest these kinds of expectations for a kid, but Skylar Thompson sure reminds me of a young Ell Roberson.
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Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.

#10 Skylar Thompson
True Freshman
6-2 | 203
Independence, Mo.


Position: Quarterback

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Skylar John Thompson (b. June 4, 1997) is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the class of 2016 who graduated early and enrolled at K-State in January. He'll compete for playing time as a freshman, but likely redshirt.

A three-year starter at Fort Osage High School under head coach Ryan Schartz, Thompson was regarded as one of the top 250 players in the class of 2016 by, while the website also rated him the seventh-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Missouri.

He also was ranked as the 32nd best dual-threat quarterback by ESPN and the 65th-best overall by

Thompson was named the 2015 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and Simone Award winner as the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metro area. He was a finalist for the award in 2014, while he is a two-time member of the All-Simone team.

He was a two-time first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association who also was selected to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Team as a senior, while the organization selected him as the offensive player of the year.

Thompson led the Indians to a 13-1 record and the Missouri Class 5 state championship in 2015 as he threw for 2,112 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just three interceptions, on 138-of-204 passing (67.7 percent).

He also rushed for 1,092 yards and 19 touchdowns on 188 carries and set a state championship game record in the Indians’ 63-28 win over Chaminade as he accounted for 455 yards of total offense, completing 13 of 15 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 202 yards and three scores.

Thompson threw for 2,385 yards and 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions as a junior in 2014, while rushing for 461 yards and nine touchdowns. He also played basketball, earning second-team all-state honors as a sophomore. You can watch his high school football highlights below: