Donovan Thompson (#8) was a wide receiver for Angelo State University. Thompson attended Westfield High School in Houston, Texas. During Thompson’s senior season, he caught 21 passes for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns. During his entire high school career, Thompson recorded 28 receptions for 518 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Thompsons had a successful career at Angelo State and saw playing time almost immediately in 2014 when he played in 11 games as a true freshman. During those 11 games, Thompson recorded 22 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown. In 2015, Thompson was named to the Third Team Don Hansen All-American Team as well as First Team All-Conference Honoree. Thompson broke the school record with 1,113 yards on just 70 receptions as well as hauling in 8 touchdowns. Against Tarleton State, in 2015, Thompson set a career high with 5 receptions for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2016, Thompson had 50 receptions for 444 yards and one touchdown. During his final season at Angelo State, Thompson went on to record 51 receptions for 724 yards and 1 touchdown. Thompson reflected on his experience at Angelo State by saying, “the experience had its ups and downs but it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it to the fullest and learned a lot.”
Thompson is currently preparing to participate in the Angelo State Pro Day as he looks to impress NFL scouts one final time before the draft in April. Thompson talked about his main focus and he explained, “just fine tuning my technique and making sure my body is prepared. Just getting ready to have fun.” Thompson is looking to impress scouts with his 40 time as well as during some on the on field drills. During the course of his collegiate career, Thompson has proven to have nice hands and good judgement as he can often catch the ball at its peak or in stride with the route. Thompson has also proven to be a nice asset beyond the 20 yard range as he has caught passes worth 46 yards, two separate occurrences of 38 yards and one for 31 yards during his senior season. Thompson could also play a part in a team’s return game as he has experience during his senior season returning 4 kicks for 67 yards and 1 punt for 8 yards.
Thompson mentioned his toughest matchup came against Marqui Christian from Midwestern State. Christian is currently a free safety with the Los Angeles Rams. During the matchup with Christian, Thompson had 6 receptions for 103 yards while Christian had 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.