“We wanted to make sure we went through the full maturation of the process to know what was truly right for him, so that at the end of the day, we never had any second thoughts,” Charles Thompson said. “All along, Casey felt like the right school would come. I didn’t dream it would be Texas.
“The situation just felt right. What we had to do was we had to take off all the colors, whether it was Oklahoma, Texas, Miami or North Carolina, and look at what was the best fit.”
The annual Red River Rivalry will test Charles Thompson’s allegiance when Casey arrives in Austin. He told the paper he knows what he will do.
“I will still wear the same thing I’ve always worn,” said Charles Thompson, who was a Sooner in the late ’80s. “I was in Herman’s office and we took a picture, and they tried to get me to throw up the Hook ‘em. I’m just not quite there yet.
“But family’s family. This is my son and I’m gonna support him 100 percent. I’ll root for him to have as much success as he can, wherever he’s playing, whoever he plays.”
So, what made Casey Thompson choose to become a Longhorn?
“Tom Herman,” he said of Texsas’ coach. “I don’t think I would be going to the University of Texas if Tom Herman wasn’t the coach there.
“When I sat down with him, he was describing how he coaches his players, and the national championship game he was in at Ohio State. Just the passion in his voice, you could tell he’s very passionate about the game, and he has a love for his players that I’ve never seen.”