Thompson Commits

Brett Thompson from El Dorado Hills, California called up Cougar coaches to inform them that he decided to commit to BYU. Thompson is a 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound wide receiver recruit who had some impressive offers on his resume, but ultimately chose BYU for a variety of reasons.

"BYU is the best place for me," said Brett Thompson. "It's everything they have going on there besides football. It's got a great spiritual environment there and I just love the feeling I get when I'm on their campus."

Thompson obviously hails from the same school as current star Cougar wideout Austin Collie. Although he's good friends with Collie and his family, Thompson said that wasn't why he committed to BYU.

"I've had conversations with Collie and whatnot," said Thompson. "But I'd say he had zero influence in my final decision to commit to BYU. I know about the program through him, but he didn't play a part in my decision."

Thompson called Coach Doman Tuesday to inform him of the news, and also spoke with head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"They were happy that I made my decision to commit to them," said Thompson. "I really like and respect the coaches at BYU. They're great coaches and it's going to be great to play in their offensive system."

Thompson is very familiar with the system BYU runs, having watched several of the Cougars' games since offensive coordinator Robert Anae took the reins, and he likes what he sees.

"I remember going to the Colorado State game and they just worked them," said Thompson. "It's a prolific offense that can really put up a lot of yards and points and I'm excited to learn and develop within that offense."

Thompson had an impressive list of offers from both Pac-10 and Mountain West programs, as well as Boise State. No doubt those programs were impressed with Thompson's combination of size and speed.

"I had offers from Oregon State, Cal, Air Force, San Diego State, Boise State and UNLV," said Thompson. "I liked all those schools, but to me BYU was the right choice and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to play for such a great program."

Although Thompson could be readily assumed to be a "possession-type" receiver due to his size, he rejects that notion, citing some great lateral movement and more-than-adequate top-end speed for a receiver of his height.

"I was timed running a 4.59 forty, but feel I'm even faster than that," said Thompson. "I can get down the field and beat guys in coverage while giving some good moves to get past guys in the open field."

Thompson plans on serving an LDS mission, but will first play a year before leaving.

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