The class of 2016 may not have the top end talent or as much depth as the 2015 class out West but it…
Thompson Emerging as Elite Prospect
Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson (6-1, 205) is one of the premier prospects out West in his class and a Scout 100 selection early on. Thompson has a half-dozen offers with plenty more schools interested. "I have six offers now, from Weber State, California, Arizona State, Colorado State, Washington State and UCLA," said Thompson. Thompson camped with Washington last weekend and has already camped with Arizona State and also plans to camp with Oregon State and Washington State as well as the Cal contact camp. Cal, the hometown school, is the school Thompson said is on him the hardest. "I'd say Cal is recruiting me the hardest," said Thompson. "What they did for me early, they did a lot, and they've been on me ever since day one," said Thompson. "I really like Cal, growing up I was watching them." UCLA was the most recent offer for the four-star. "Coach Meat (Demetrice) Martin came by the school in the spring and then he ended up offering me," said Thompson. "That's a big offer because UCLA is a big school. I definitely have some serious interest in them." Thompson has drawn some comparisons to former Pittsburg safety and current Oregon safety Erick Dargan. So naturally, the Ducks are high on his last. "Oregon is actually one of my dream offers," said Thompson. "Coach (John) Neal, I talked with him and he wants me to come to camp." Thompson said the early interest from the Pac-12 has surprised him. "I thought it would start happening my junior year," said Thompson. "I thought everything went around then, so I was surprised and I didn't ever expect this much attention early." In fact, when Thompson first started playing in high school, he thought offense would be his ticket. "I was at receiver and going to camps as a freshman playing there," said Thompson. "Then I converted to DB and I picked that up pretty fast and it felt more natural." With a lot of time until he has to make a decision, Thompson plans to go through the whole recruiting process. "I've got a lot of time to weigh all my options out with myself and my family so I'll wait till my senior year, take the visits and open my mind a little bit," said Thompson.
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