Nolan Thompson talks Navy offer

Navy came in with a surprise offer for Nolan Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver who was a key component in the Huntington Beach (Calif.) High School run to a state sectional championship in 2013. Thompson had previously been offered by Air Force and San Diego before hearing the good news from the Midshipman coaching staff.

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"It was not that long ago when Navy extended the offer," Thompson told "I would say it came two weeks ago, three max. When they came to watch one of my spring practices I told them I had an offer from Air Force and they said they'd definitely be in touch. Then I get a random call at eight o'clock in the morning from one of the Navy coaches. It was totally out of the blue. I wasn't expecting it at all. He didn't get into much. He asked me about my grades and my test scores, then said they'd really like to get me over there. He told me I had an offer as of today.

"I'm definitely interested in the military academies. I'm not sure yet if I want to play in the Pac-12, the WAC, or go the military route. It's definitely an option. A high priority for me as a recruit is education and you get that at a high level at the academies. The benefits are a huge plus as well. You're set for life after college with a degree from one of the academies."

It was Air Force that struck first. Navy will have ground to make up as the Falcon coaches have made it clear that Thompson is a top priority for them in this recruiting cycle.

"It was Air Force that really dove in right away," he said. "Coach Campbell came to my house for dinner and that's when I was offered. I didn't know much about the military academies and was fearful at first. I don't have any family in the military. They really opened my eyes to the possibility. I took a trip to an invite-only camp and they described to me what it's like.

"They like that I'm tall, fast, and run a 4.5 forty. They also like how I go get the ball. I think he said he likes the way I attack the ball with my hands, but most of all they like my size and speed."

As a junior, Thompson made 50 catches for 550 yards and eight touchdowns in the Oilers 14 games last season which earned him a second-team All-League selection.

Although he lives in SoCal, Thompson said he's been hearing mostly from NoCal schools like San Jose State, Cal Poly, UC Davis, and Sacramento State. His father, Daniel, played at UCLA and Thompson said he'd love to be at Westwood himself if the opportunity presents itself.

"UCLA is my dream school," Thompson stated. "Both of my parents went there and my Dad played running back there with Troy Aikman. I love the Pac-12. I've been talking to Stanford and Colorado too. I'm going to select a college on my comfort level with the coaches and the campus. I want to go to a school where I'll be loved. By that I mean I don't want to go somewhere that I'll just fade into the program even if it means going to a smaller school. I want to play football and have fun during my college years."

Thompson's older brother, Ben, just completed his college career at San Jose State where he was a fullback and special teams player. Nolan started out at Temecula Valley High where his brother played but transferred to Huntington Beach where his father played and has his No. 8 jersey retired by the school before his son began wearing it last season. Top Stories