We already knew Oregon Ducks pledge Ty Thompson had speed, arm strength and instincts. His work ethic is what distinguishes himself from others and why Rivals named Thompson the nation’s No. 17 overall prospect and bestowed him with a five-star ranking.
But in the final moments of the 4A state championship game between Thompson’s Gilbert Mesquite and Glendale Cactus, we discovered the Ducks future signal caller can be brilliant under pressure too.
With under 20 seconds to play, Thompson found wide receiver Eric Lira for the well-defended 2-point conversion with 17 seconds left in the game. It proved to be the game-winner.
Thompson, who finished the game with 329 yards and five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, led Mesquite High School to a miraculous 39-38 comeback victory over Glendale Cactus to give Mesquite back-to-back victories in the state title game.
Up next for Thompson, he’ll prepare to graduate next week and leave for Eugene, Oregon shortly after.
With less than a week away from the early signing period, the Ducks are already expected to have the program’s best-ever recruiting class. Oregon 2021 class is currently ranked No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the Pac-12. 15 of Oregon’s 21 commits are four-star prospects or better, and each player ranks well inside the top 1,000 nationally, per 247Sports.
Thompson is one of the top quarterbacks in the country and could soon be Oregon’s future at the position as well. The future is bright in Eugene.