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Tag:Syd'Quan Thompson
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:00 pm

#5 safety Shaq Thompson commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Though he spoiled the surprise a little on his Twitter account, Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson took the national stage of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to long-time leader California.

"I'm going to go the University of California," Thompson said. "(The other recruits and I) always felt real comfortable there and are going to change the game."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson also excelled on the field at running back but will be roaming the Bears secondary much like his older brother, Syd'Quan Thompson, did a few years ago. The highest ranked safety in the West, the younger Thompson also considered Washington, Notre Dame and USC.

"He is smart, quick, fast, hard working, and an incredible athlete," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows the burst and pure speed to cut in front of a receiver and make the tough interception. Quick to diagnose, he can jump routes and has been blessed with exceptional ball skills."

The five-star and number five overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Thompson had 57 tackles on defense and rushed for 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: March 6, 2011 12:11 am

Cal adds top in-state athlete Thompson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top players in the state of California has decided to stay close to home. Sacramento (Calif.) defensive back/running back Shaq Thompson ended the recruiting process early by committing to Cal on Saturday night.

"I did, I did," Thompson told "Meeting all of my future teammates, just spending time, me and them, they're good. They're great. I felt comfortable with everybody there, including the coaches."

Thompson attended Cal's Junior Day, which included taking in the Golden Bears' 74-55 win over arch rival Stanford.

"They had real good food," he said. "But really, it was just meeting everybody and my future teammates. It was just a good day."

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound athlete rushed for 1,882 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior at powerhouse Grant High. He also had 54 tackles and one interception as a defensive back, which is likely where he ends up playing in college. 

Thompson is also the younger brother of former Cal defensive back and current Denver Bronco Syd'Quan Thompson. He held numerous scholarship offers, including ones from Auburn, Oregon, UCLA, USC and UNLV.

The MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 Watch List member follows in the footsteps of teammates Viliami Moala and Puka Lopa, who signed with the Bears' class of 2011. Thompson is Cal's second commit for the class of 2012, joining Danville (Calif.) quarterback Zach Kline.

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