Gophers Still High On Thompson's List

Versatile defensive back Tedric Thompson out of Valencia (Ca.) High School has offers from Minnesota, Fresno State, Colorado, UNLV, and Hawaii. He talked about his experiences with the Gophers in the recruiting process.

"Minnesota is the first college that I've seen, because my brother goes there. I was able to go see him play, see the campus, and look at the environment," he said. "I haven't seen any other colleges yet."

He likes what he has seen so far and said Minnesota's weather is not a factor in his decision like it is for some players.

"I think if I go someplace that's too hot, I'll get used to it. If I go someplace that's too cold, I'll get used to it," he said.

As far as coaching staff is concerned, he wants constant feedback, even if coaches are hard on him in order to help him accomplish his future goal of playing in the NFL. He has one more expectation of himself.

"I definitely want to go somewhere and start my freshman year, and be able to make an impact for the team," he said. "I want to come in and work my hardest to play."

Minnesota defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel, who saw Thompson play spring football, told him his versatility is an advantage.

"He said that if I stay my size right now, I can keep playing safety. If they need me on the offensive side I could play receiver," he said. "And if I gain more pounds I can move down to backer."

Thompson is a competitor, and one person he enjoys trying to beat more than anybody is his older brother, Gopher defensive back Cedric Thompson.

"I look up to him in everything I do," he said. "I try to beat him in every little thing we do. He motivates me and pushes me in everything."

Thompson does not have plans to attend any camps this summer. He is working to finish summer practice with Valencia and continue to work out to get ready for his upcoming senior season.

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