Thompson Expects To See Oregon In May

Still awaiting his first offer, Concord (CA) running back Olito Thompson has been hearing from a number of schools on the West Coast. According to Thompson, Oregon was by to visit a couple months ago and is planning to make a return trip to the Bay Area to see the talented ball carrier in May.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I believe it was last month, or two months ago, Nick Aliotti came down to my school and I had a meeting with him."

During coach Aliotti's visit to your school, what kinds of things did the two of you discuss?

"He discussed their program a little bit, we looked over my transcripts, he talked to me and said that I'm a great running back and that they'd be looking at me and stuff. He was interested. He was telling me about the school, the things they do, and how they run their program and everything."

Did he mention to you anything about when Oregon might be in contact with you next?

"He said he'd stay in contact with me. When the recruiters come out, he said they'll be coming by again...We have our spring practice that starts next month and I know a lot of coaches are coming out next month."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point in the process?

"I'm interested in them. They run a good offense where I could see myself in. I find myself very interested in them."

Outside of the offense, is there anything else in particular that has you interested in them as a program?

"It's the school and the program and everything. They have excellent jerseys and equipment and stuff. Overall, to me, it's a really fundamentally sound school and it's something I could see myself being in that program."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"As a player, I'd say that I'm a team person. I'm a captain and I keep everyone motivated. When a coach tells me to do something, I do it. I have to put my trust in my team. As far as running and my running style, I'd pretty much say I'm balanced. The way I run is my mentality. I believe, in my mind, that nobody can take me down and I can make it happen. That's just my mentality so far; I'm hard-headed. I don't believe nobody can stop me."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I'd say it's between three players: Darren McFadden, Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson."

What are you looking for in a program?

"First and most important is where that program can get me academically. Say, if I don't go in to the NFL or something, I have my Plan B to fall back on. Does that program give me opportunities for making great things if football doesn't work out. As far as football, I want to get better as a player, so that program has to build me and make me in to a better (running) back and football player. As well as a football program, I would like that program to make me a better student. For me to be a student-athlete, I have to have the grades and the skills, so I'm looking for a program that can enhance both and make me in to a better man."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to major in when you get to college?

"Right now, I want to major in sports medicine and business."

What offers do you currently hold from other schools?

"Right now, I have none. I have a lot of interest from Cal, Arizona, USC came by yesterday, I've been in contact with Nevada..."

As far as camps, unofficial visits and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"So far, I've spent a lot of time at Cal because it's closer and most of the other schools that I'm interested in are pretty far (away)...I haven't had time to go out to USC or UNLV or something like that. I've got two camps coming up: the Nike and the USC...and I'm looking to go to the Cal camp."

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