Familiar Name on Bears Radar for 2012

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant DB Shaquille Thompson is already bigger than his older brother, former Cal Bear Syd'Quan Thompson. At nearly 6-1, Thompson is still growing. The sophomore had a solid day at the Stanford NFTC. With recruiting attention picking up, he is contemplating if he wants to follow his brother's footsteps…

Shaquille Thompson (6-0.5, 185) has the size of a prototypical safety. He also has some of his older brother's cover skills. But he could grow into a linebacker before it's all said and done.

"[As a senior] I expect to be 230, height about 6'5," said Thompson. "I probably play safety maybe some linebacker. In college, I want to try defense and wide receiver."

He also can play quarterback. He was scheduled to compete at the Elite 11 Regional Camp at Berkeley on Friday. However, he had a track event he had to attend instead.

But on Sunday, he was one of the top defensive backs at the Stanford Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC). Along with Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Tee Shepard, Thompson will be one of the premier defensive back prospects in the 2012 class.

"It felt good," Thompson said of the camp. "But I felt shaky because I wasn't in the mood to do this."

As far as recruiting, Thompson says he just has to wait for his junior year. But a few schools are showing interest including UNLV and of course California. "There's more schools talking to me," added Thompson.

But the one school obviously sticking out is Cal. Syd'Quan Thompson was an All-American cornerback for the Golden Bears, and the younger Thompson could be even better. Nevertheless, he is unsure if he wants to follow Syd's footsteps.

"First, I was thinking about following my brother, but they'd probably call me little Syd," said Thompson. "But if I go a different path, I'll make a name for myself."

He reports a 3.2 GPA. He plans to take the SAT and ACT next year.

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