UCLA in Running for #1 Safety

Scout.com's top-rated safety, Shaq Thompson, definitely has some schools that he likes, but he is also planning to look at all of his available options. Chances are he will take his visits and possibly make a commitment during the Army All-American Bowl. Check out what had to say about that and more...

There is no doubt that when you walk up and see Shaquille Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety from Grant Union H.S. in Cali., standing on the field you are looking at one of the most physically impressive high school players in the country.

After being named All-State as a junior he then cemented his national status and earned the distinction of being a 5-star recruit and rated as the top safety in the country by Scout.com.

"It is a great honor," Thompson said when asked what it is like to be so highly thought of. "I have been working hard since my sophomore year, you know it keeps pushing me to be number one of all of my 2012 class."

Thompson is the younger brother of former Cal Bear All-American cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson and he is hopeful that he has picked up some key pointers from his older brother's collegiate success.

"He has taught me a lot," Thompson explained. "Just go and handle your business, just like that. Go in there and do school work, go to practice and you have to treat it just like a job. That is what you have to do."

Back in March during a junior day visit Thompson made a commit to follow his brother to Cal. However the commitment would not stick and six days later he informed that he would like to reopen his recruitment.

"He did not really pump me up I just followed in my brothers footsteps, you know he opened a great path for me, so why not follow it and just make my own name at the same time," Thompson explained when asked if his brother had pumped him up about playing for his Alma Mater.

"When I committed it was just one of those moments. You know you go to a school and you just have one of those moments. I de-committed because when I got home I realized it was too early and I needed to keep my options open."

Now that he is back on the market he has offers from just about everyone in the country. He is still looking for the best possible fit, but did admit that there were some schools starting to step to the forefront and he will likely be taking visits to at least three schools.

"I got Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame," Thompson informed about his visit official visit plans. "There are many more, but those are the top ones for now. I am going to take my visits.

"I have been talking to the Washington coach and probably my first bye week of the season I will take my trip to Washington."

Thompson only has the one bye week, so the rest of his visits will likely come after the season and it will be interesting to see what two programs step up and land the final two stops, but it does not look like Cal, who is still sitting pretty to land his signature, is going to be one of the schools he uses an official visit on.

"That is done with, I have been there, they are not done with out of the picture, but I have been there on campus and seen all of it, so I am just trying to get out of California or around California more and see what it all is like."

Thompson has been talking about making a decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2012, but is not ready to adhere to a set time-frame.

"Yeah," Thompson said about a possible USAAAB decision. "But my options are still open, so I really don't know yet."

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