Calif. TE Dale Thompson Has a Top List

The last time we talked to Corona, Calif. (Santiago High School) TE <b>Dale Thompson</b>, he was still amazed at all the attention he was getting and didn't have a list of favorites. I contacted him Monday night to see if that had changed, and if Michigan was on the list.

Dale Thompson (6-4, 250 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 2.7 GPA, 830 SAT) is the top ranked TE on the West Coast, and the 20th ranked player overall. We last spoke to Thompson in June and he was stunned by all the attention he was receiving from top schools across the country. The reason for the surprise? Thompson had broken his hand early last season and spent the year on the offensive line, yet schools were contacting him in droves offering scholarships for his services as a tight end. He didn't have a list of top candidate schools then, did he now? "My top schools are UCLA, USC, Michigan, Oregon, and Colorado, those are the schools I will most likely visit officially but none of them lead at this point. I'm still planning on making my Michigan visit sometime during September like Coach (Ron) English and I talked about back in May. We have game on a Thursday and that will probably be the week I go back to Michigan.

NOTE: The schedule for Santiago HS isn't posted yet, when we find out which week the Thursday game is being held we will update you."

Thompson's team played in a couple of 7 on 7 tournaments over the summer, which kept him away from camps, "We played in the Benita and the Claremont tournaments and we did pretty well, though I don't remember exactly how we placed. The hand is back to 100% and felt fine. I had thought about going to the UCLA and USC camps for a day each but was too busy, so I didn't go."

A top academic school is of primary concern to Thompson, who mentioned before he wanted to major in Sports Medicine in college, "I'm not so sure now, I think I may want to try business. I talked to Coach English about the Sports Medicine program at Michigan and he said it was ranked as high nationally as some of the other schools at Michigan. I'll know more after I take all my visits. I'll also be making my decision as soon as I'm done with my visits."

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