Thompson Considering Options

Staff Writer
Posted Dec 30, 2006


With the impending departure of All-American and Ronnie Lott Award winning cornerback Daymeion Hughes looming on the horizon, the Cal Bears are in the market for a show-stopping defensive back to fill Hughes’ big shoes. The Bears may be looking north to do so.

Tucked away in tiny Weed, CA, you’ll find one of the most athletic defensive backs in the nation’s junior college ranks. 6-2/192 College of Siskiyous cornerback Chaz Thompson is one of the Bears primary targets amongst their remaining scholarships available.

Thompson visited Cal on their big recruiting weekend on December 7 and came away impressed.

“When you go to Cal, you know you have a chance to compete for a national championship,” said Thompson.

“The coaches and the players really want me down there. They really like my speed and size and think I’d fit in there really well.”

Thompson is off the charts athletically, with a 4.39 forty time along with a 39 inch vertical. With his combination of size and speed, Thompson would certainly have the chance to come into the Cal program and start right away.

“The coaches told me I’d have every opportunity to come in and compete to start and that’s one of the things that’s so appealing to me,” said Thompson.

The Bears’ Holiday Bowl thrashing of Texas A&M only affirmed Thompson’s thoughts regarding the Cal program.

“They dominated on both sides of the ball,” said Thompson. “That’s what you want to see.”

Thompson names Cal and Tulsa as his two favorites, although he hasn’t completely eliminated Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M –all of whom have offered –from consideration.

“Once my final in-home visits with the coaches that will be coming mid-month are over, I’ll be ready to make my choice,” concluded Thompson.


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