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OU early enrollee Kendal Thompson joins Southmoore athletes for signing ceremony

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, Published: February 16, 2011

— There is no doubt Southmoore quarterback Kendal Thompson is ready for the next chapter of his life to begin. There's also no doubt he enjoyed making a brief return back to high school.

Thompson, an Oklahoma signee, joined several other Southmoore athletes for a signing day ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Southmoore gym.

“This is like a family day for me,” Thompson said. “It's celebrating with the Southmoore family and recognizing all the hard work that was done to get here.”

Thompson wasn't allowed to stick around too long as he had to get back to campus in Norman. Thompson said he is taking 14 hours this spring.

Thompson said making the adjustment to college hasn't been too difficult, saying the 5 a.m. workouts have been one of the toughest adjustments.

“It doesn't feel too weird at all already being in college,” Thompson said. “This is what I've been preparing for. This is what I've wanted to do.”

Thompson committed to Oklahoma in November 2009 and will follow in the footsteps of his father, Charles Thompson, who also played quarterback for the Sooners.

Kendal Thompson's senior season wasn't what he was hoping for as a leg injury forced him to miss six weeks. In limited time, Thompson was 24 of 32 for 295 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 233 yards and had a rushing and receiving score.

Kendal is a lot different player than his father was and Charles is not concerned at all about Kendal being his own person.

“That's the thing about Kendal — he's always had his own identity,” Charles Thompson said. “I'm proud of him not just as a father but as someone who also wore those colors. It's very exciting.”