Thompson will work hard to see the field

Expectations aren't the same in year one for every football prospect that signs with the University of Florida. Some are dead sure they will get on the field early and often and others know they are going to have to work at it and see what happens. Count former Gainesville HS receiver Chris Thompson in the latter group, but he wants to make it happen.

Chris Thompson arrived on campus and the dorms from his home in Gainesville on Tuesday, but just beforehand he was bubbling with anticipation about his next journey in life.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I just want to get in there and work out and get ready for the season."

At 6-0 and just 170 pounds Thompson worked hard to earn the offer at Florida using his speed to really excite the staff about his potential. At that size, he also knows he has to get bigger and stronger to get on the field and was tld so by the staff.

"They tell me to keep working hard and I might be able to play this year," he said. "They want me to get a little bit bigger." He plans on rooming with Demarcus Robinson when he arrives. Robinson was the lone receiver in the five man unit that showed up in January to get a head start on learning the offense. Thompson hopes to learn from Robinson and others.

"My expectations are to come in and work hard and just see if I can get out there and play this year," he said. "They want me as an outside receiver (X or Z)." With his speed he believes he can be a real asset on special teams as well. Just more to learn and he knows nothing will come easy at the collegiate level.

"I talk to Quinton Dunbar," he said. "He says it is very hard and you have to come in with a great attitude and work hard." Being a local guy Thompson has a real feel for the gators and what this current team is capable of. He expects big things fr9om the Gators in his first year.

"We lost a couple of people from last year, but have a lot back," he said. "With the recruiting class, we think we can win the SEC Championship and maybe a national." In the end, it will be his work ethic that gets him where he needs to be to help this team win championships.

"I will be a guy who works hard for what he wants," he said.

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