Looking For An Early Chance: Tedric Thompson
Valencia safety Tedric Thompson
Valencia safety Tedric Thompson
Posted Jul 15, 2012

Three-star Valencia (Calif.) safety Tedric Thompson has plenty of options to choose from when it comes to where he will play college football. With five offers on the table, he has a lot to think about up until signing day in February. FoxSportsNext caught up with him at the Battle at the Beach 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend to see where he’s at in the recruiting process.

The idea of playing college football with an older sibling would without question intrigue most high school athletes. Tedric Thompson (6’1”/205) is no exception. His older brother, Cedric, is a defensive back at Minnesota, and it’s possible they could be reunited on the football field for the first time in a long time.

“It’d be crazy to play with my brother because we haven’t played football together since we were eleven,” said Thompson. “It would motivate me like crazy to become a starter as a freshman.”

Thompson admits the idea of playing with his brother is exciting but knows he can’t base his decision solely off of it.

“He tells me not to come to Minnesota just because he’s there,” Thompson added. “He told me what I have to realize I’m going to be there for four years and he’s only going to be there for two years if I go there.”

On the field, Thompson is as versatile as they come. He has the ability to play safety, receiver or linebacker, all options he’s considering at the next level.

“Some schools want me as a safety, some as an athlete, some want me to play receiver, and if I put on twenty pounds they say I can play linebacker.”

Other than Minnesota, Thompson has offers from UNLV, Colorado, Fresno State and Hawaii but says the position he plays isn't a huge factor in his decision.

“I don’t really care what I play, whatever the college I go to needs me to play I’ll do it. As long as I work at it I think I’ll be able to play it.”

Thompson’s summer hasn’t been filled with many camps, instead focusing on his team while still improving his individual game.

“I had a lot of camps I was supposed to get to but I couldn’t get to them because I had practice,” he said. “This summer I’ve been working on becoming the leader of the defense, my speed and timing. As a receiver I’ve been working on my routes.”

When it comes time to make his decision, don’t expect anything sudden. He plans on going through the entire recruiting process before announcing.

“I know I’m not going to commit until February, I know that for sure. I want to go on all five visits.”

At the top of Thompson’s list of attributes he is looking for in a program is early playing time.

“I want to got to a school and be able to work hard and start as a freshman,” he added.

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