CAMP: Thompson Returns
BERKELEY -- Pittsburg (Calif.) defensive back Shurod Thompson has grown two inches and gained 25 pounds of muscle since he showed up at California's full-contact camp one year ago, and in many visits to Berkeley since then, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has formed a bond with the Bears coaching staff.
This past weekend at this year's edition of the full-contact camp, Thompson got the royal treatment. After working out under the watchful eyes of linebackers coach Garret Chachere and defensive backs coach Greg Burns, Thompson and fellow Pirates defensive back Jordan Parker spent more than an hour inside the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, speaking with the coaching staff. He came away saying that it was his best visit yet.
"Me and coach Burns have a good relationship," Thompson said. "He watched film with me today, Cal film. We talked about technique and working on mechanics and things that I can get better on. He said I could get better with my explosion and intensity."
In the latter part of Saturday's session, Thompson took that as a challenge, and delivered two big blows in full-pad work, and caught two touchdowns, including one tumbling, rolling grab that ended when he stretched the ball over the plane for a score.
"I learned a lot," Thompson said. "Coach Burns is a good coach. He's really hard on his drills. He wants you to get out, open your hips and get from A to B."
The Bears, of course, aren't the only program on the four-star 2016 prospect's radar, as Oregon State recently offered him.
"They're high on my radar," he said of the Beavers. "I need to go up there, visit, see and meet the coaches, talk a little bit more with them. Some of my teammates went up there – Harris Ross and Xavier Crawford."
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