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 BearTerritory.com. "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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