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The nation’s No. 1 safety could be making a visit next weekend, and still has Notre Dame in his sites for an Oct. 22 visit to South Bend, Ind.
Grant High (Sacramento) five-star Shaq Thompson is looking to make a visit next week because his school has a bye. He was going to look at a possible trip to Notre Dame then, but that was ruled out because the Irish are in Pittsburgh.
The plan is for Thompson and Alberghini to speak during the weekend about the destination of the visit.
“With Shaq ,we talk about those things,” Alberghini said. “We have so much going with school and football that it takes a lot of time away. He might decide this weekend where he is going to go next weekend, or maybe he will decide next week.”
Thompson, who originally committed to California before backing off (he is still considering the Beats) is exploring his options.
“Shaq isn’t 100 percent fully committed to one place,” Alberghini said.
For now, much of Thompson’s focus is on the field. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder moved from running back to quarterback because of injuries to Grant, which is 2-1.
Thompson ran for 158 yards and two scores last week against Burbank (Sacramento) and has 21 carries for 172 yards, and two catches for 19 yards this season. He also has 29 tackles and an interception.
“He’s been a monster for us on defense,” Alberghini said. “But we have to bounce him around so much, so he gets exhausted. Now, we have to play in at quarterback sometimes. If it would all settle down and he could do one thing, he would be great.”
However, injuries have taken a big toll on Grant.
“He’s been playing very well,” Alberghini said. “We’ve been pretty highly ranked, but we lost six starters for the season, including three offensive linemen. Shaq has played very well for us. He’s been very, very strong for us on defense.”