Two Stand Out for Thompson

The Valencia (Calif.) safety, Tedric Thompson, has a pair of schools standing out to him...

Valencia (Calif.) safety Tedric Thompson (6-1, 205), is holding a half dozen offers, but his attention is being paid to the Vikings' run in the CIF-SS Northern Division playoffs, where Valencia is in the semifinals this week.

Still, Thompson hasn't entirely shut out recruiting.

"I have six offers from Minnesota, UNLV, Fresno State, Hawaii, Colorado and Washington State, all as a safety," said Thompson.

And more schools could be getting close.

"Colorado State and Cincinnati like me a lot and I think they could be close to offering," said Thompson. "And a couple of other schools said they wanted to watch my senior year film."

Thompson, who plays on both sides of the ball, said defense is where his heart is.

"Schools just love my contact on the field," said Thompson. "I know most schools want me on defense and they like me at strong safety. Wherever I go, wherever coaches need me to play, I'll play, but I love defense."

Fresno State and Minnesota have been recruiting Thompson the most aggressively, but Minnesota may have a slight edge.

"Minnesota is the only college I've actually seen and I like it a lot," said Thompson. "My brother (Cedric Thompson) is there. Coach (Jerry) Kill has really turned the team around, and now they're bowl eligible and they have a great coaching staff there."

Meanwhile, Fresno State is the closest offer he has to home.

"Fresno State is close to home, but not that close so that is nice," said Thompson.

Thompson said he'll wait until the season ends before setting up his official visits.

"I just started thinking about it, but I think I'm going to wait for whenever the season is officially done," said Thompson. "My brother said take them to places you haven't been. So I probably won't visit Minnesota officially, but I'm 100% sure I'll take all five."

Valencia takes on Palos Verdes this weekend in semifinal action.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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