The four-star quarterback from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman picked the Bruins over Michigan, telling Scout.com that his comfort level on campus and potential to impact the program were ultimate deciding factors.
“After visiting Westwood and UCLA, I could definitely see myself there even after college,” Thompson-Robinson said. “I’m a West Coast kid and that was huge for me, obviously.
“And just talking to coach (Jedd) Fisch on my visit there about a month ago, he told me they’re going to run what he’s calling a Sunday offense. He’s planning to do what he’s done in the past, which is form the offense to the quarterback’s strengths, and I really see myself fitting in well.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Thompson-Robinson amassed nearly three dozen scholarship offers over the last year despite being the backup to Tate Martell (Ohio State) the last couple seasons, showing immense potential at various camps and 7-on-7 tournaments, but also doing enough on film to impress college coaches in his limited reps at Gorman.
Rated No. 7 among quarterbacks in the 2018 class and No. 54 overall in the latest Scout 300, Thompson-Robinson had the Bruins high on his list from the moment they extended a scholarship offer last summer at their elite camp. That interest only heightened once Fisch arrived from Michigan to assume the role as offensive coordinator. Now Thompson-Robinson intends to do his part in order to build a strong class.
“Another big thing that coach Fisch and I talked about was getting guys around me,” Thompson-Robinson said. “He told me I’ll be like a coach now until I get there. I can be a guy working on other recruits. That’s a big thing, too, them giving me the power in a way.
The commitment was the third of the weekend for UCLA, which added four-star slot receiver Kyle Philips on Friday and three-star power back A.J. Carter on Saturday. Thompson-Robinson became the eighth member and third Scout 300 prospect in the Bruins’ 2018 recruiting class.
Thompson-Robinson is the highest-rated quarterback to commit to UCLA since former five-star and current starter Josh Rosen, the No. 1 prospect at his position in the 2015 class according to Scout.
“I’m not scared of competition -- I battled with Tate for a few years -- but seeing the depth chart at UCLA and the coaches only taking one in this 2018 class, after Josh leaves, it’s an open quarterback battle with no experience,” Thompson-Robinson said. “That’s a factor right there, too.”
In 15 games as a junior last season, Thompson-Robinson completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 269 yards and three touchdowns, tacked on 22 receptions for 397 yards and eight touchdowns, and also had six rushing scores. He has committed to play in the Under Armour All-America Game and has punched his ticket to this summer's prestigious Elite 11 Finals.