Indiana is looking far and wide for wideouts who fit their offense, and one prospect they recently extended an offer to is Bryan Thompson from California. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound standout from Rancho Verde H.S. in Moreno Valley spoke to Peegs.com about the Hoosiers, and about where things stand with his recruiting at this time.
After picking up an offer from IU the three-star recruit currently has offers from Indiana, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Kansas State, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV. He said the interest from the Hoosiers has been fairly recent.
“With Indiana their interest has been kind of recent,” Thompson said. “We had been talking here and there for about a month, but then last week they really started talking to me a lot more and then they offered me. I don’t know much about them but I do know they are an up and coming program. I also know they have a really good passing offense and that is something that excited me as a receiver.”
The California native said that offensive coordinator Kevin Johns has been his main contact on the Indiana staff.
“I have been talking to Coach Johns,” he said. “He told me that he believes I would be a great fit for their offense and for their program. He also talked about how much they throw the ball and how they have the number one passing offense in the Big Ten.”
When it comes to his recruiting the athletic wideout said that being comfortable with the players and the coaches will be big for him.
“I am looking for a place where there is a real brotherhood with the players,” Thompson said. “I think that is something I will just feel when I go to a school for a visit. My position coach will also be important to me. I want someone that will not only be my coach, but will also be a father figure type for me that I can go to when I need to. As far as academics I want to major in geology. Location isn’t a big deal for me.”
This off-season the Rancho Verde H.S. standout has been working on doing a better job when he runs his routes.
“A lot of schools tell me they love my size and my speed and how high I can jump, so this off-season I have mainly been working on my deceleration in the open field so that I can breakdown as well as smaller receivers,” Thompson said. “I have really worked on my route running and getting in and out of my cuts quicker.”
Thompson is hoping to get out more to visit some schools but he said his schedule is making that pretty challenging.
“I am still looking at everyone,” he said about his recruiting. “My plan is to start narrowing it down in about a month, but right now I am considering all my options. I would really like to get out and visit more schools but with my schedule it is difficult to do that right now. I’m not sure yet when I will decide. There is a chance that if I visit and a school and really like it there I could commit early, but if I don’t then I will probably wait until Signing Day.”