Dorian Thompson-Robinson has had a relationship with new California quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo since Tuiasosopo extended one of Thompson-Robinson's first scholarship offers, back when he was at UCLA.
"We have a phenomenal relationship and he likes everything, from my demeanor and leadership, all the way to how I can spin the football," Thompson-Robinson said. "He was one of the coaches that didn't just offer me the first time we ever spoke. He wanted to really know me before he just threw one out when he was at UCLA, so I know him well."
Thompson-Robinson, who's taking over the starting quarterback duties at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman this coming season, has only had limited game experience, since he was behind Tate Martell this past campaign. As Martell's backup, Thompson-Robinson went 21-for-31 passing, for 269 yards and three touchdowns, with no picks. He also rushed 22 times for 171 yards and another six touchdowns.
The fact that Thompson-Robinson is taking over such a perennial powerhouse program has helped him get his name out there in recruiting circles, despite that limited experience.
"The getting my name out there wasn't hard," he said. "Even now, I still open people's eyes when I throw in front of them, and developing as a passer was pretty easy too, just because I know what it takes and I work extra hours to accomplish my goals."
Thompson-Robinson stays after practice for an hour or two every day, going over film, preparing as if he's the starter, and once spring practice begins in a month, he'll gear up even more.
"Words can't describe how ready I am for August, and really, come June, when we first put pads and stuff, it's going to be a fun year," Thompson-Robinson said. "[Tuiasosopo] is just as fired up as I am to see me play and all that."
Beyond Tuiasosopo, another relationship Thompson-Robinson has at Cal is 2017 running back signee Biaggio Ali-Walsh, Thompson-Robinson's former teammate at Bishop Gorman. The two have known each other since the end of Thompson-Robinson's freshman year, when he was called up to Varsity. They are, he said, "as close as it gets."
Thompson-Robinson doesn't have a visit date locked in yet, but he "would love to" make the trip up to Berkeley soon.