JUNIOR DAY: Long Time Coming

Shurod Thompson has been waiting for an offer from Cal for nearly a year, but on Saturday, the hometown school came through for the 2016 safety.

Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Shurod Thompson has been waiting for his offer from California for quite some time now, but little did he know when he woke up this morning that he'd be leaving the Golden Bears' junior day with one in-hand.

"Me and coach Dykes, we sat down, talked about school and he just broke it down to me," said Thompson, who spent most of the morning watching practice before sitting down with head coach Sonny Dykes. "He said he liked the way I played, and just keep on lighting it up, and he wants me to stay in the Bay."

If Thompson or his mother have any say in the matter, that may just be where Thompson ends up. The four-star has been pining for an offer from Cal ever since the end of his freshman year, and now, with heavy interest from Boise State, USC and Oregon – which, sources say, will offer very soon – he's all about feeling the love from the hometown school.

"It's a good feeling," Thompson said. "I've been working hard. People don't realize that I came up from the bottom. It feels good."

Thompson has done yeoman's work both on the field and off, upping his GPA to a solid 3.0 over the past year. This quarter, he has three B's, a C and an A in his core classes. His forced fumble on five-star running back Joe Mixon's goal-line rumble in the playoffs ended Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's season, and Mixon's high school career, sending the Oklahoma-bound tailback into tears.

While Thompson was on campus, he spoke with receivers coach Rob Likens -- who has been on Thompson since he was but a freshman playing wide receiver – and new defensive backs coach Greg Burns.

"That was fun, getting to catch up with the coaches," Thompson said. "We talked about the defense, what coverages they're running and stuff."

The real eye-opener for Thompson – who didn't go on the campus tour because, he laughed, "I've been on it five or six times already," – was getting to see Burns in action.

"It was nice," said the low-key Thompson, who found a kindred spirit in Burns. "He's calm. He takes it all in, takes his time. He's calm."

While Thompson didn't jump on the offer immediately, the fact that the Bears offered early could play very big down the road, as Thompson gets even more and more interest.

"I've been wanting this offer since I first came out for camp," Thompson said. "I really enjoy being at Cal. It's my hometown. I love it. It's beautiful here."


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