VIDEO: Five Stars for a Reason

Sacramento, Calif. - Grant High School is one of the top teams in the country, in no small part because of über-athlete Shaquille Thompson. Thompson is a member of the Scout Top 100 for the Class of '12. See why in this presentation from ScoutTV...

Shaquille Thompson (6'1/180) of Grant High School is a member of the Scout Top 100 for the Class of 2012 and one of Scout's first 5-Star prospects for that class. Watching Grant play, it doesn't take long to see why Thompson is so highly regarded.

Thompson makes an impact at running back, wide receiver, and corner for Grant. Like most elite athletes, Thompson is blessed with superior balance. He has long, smooth strides and is nearly impossible to knock off of his feet with the ball in his hands. On defense, his size may relegate him to safety on the next level, but he has an easy hip turn and is comfortable at corner.

Thompson is a good enough athlete to play any of those four positions on the college level, running back, receiver, safety, or corner. I think of him as a bigger version of Hines Ward who logged time at running back and quarterback at Georgia before starring at receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though, I think Thompson sticks to defense on the next level.

Regardless of where he ends up in two years, he's a pleasure to watch play the game now. As I popped in the first of two games of his from this season, I quickly said to myself, "That's what 5-Stars are supposed to look like."

See him in action against Lincoln and Edison from earlier this month.

#2 ATH Shaq Thompson (Blue) vs Lincoln
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#2 ATH Shaq Thompson (White) vs Edison


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