Thompson Reacts to Cal Staff Change

With the news breaking that Washington had hired Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, Cal's top commit Shaq Thompson responded to the news...

Monday saw a major shift in Pac-12 recruiting when Washington head coach Steve Sarkasian announced the hiring of Tosh Lupoi from California. Lupoi will take over as the Huskies defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator.

The timing of this announcement is less than ideal for the number one safety in the nation, Shaquille Thompson out of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.

Thompson committed to the Bears during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and he said he was happy to have his recruitment over with.

"I was relieved to have my decision made, but now I will spend the next two weeks until Signing Day weighing my options," said Thompson. "I committed to Cal because it was close to home and because of my relationship with Coach Lupoi. He has been recruiting me since my sophomore year."

Before the hiring decision was made public this afternoon, Lupoi came by to visit Thompson.

"Coach Lupoi came by my house last night before he had decided whether or not he would go to UW. He said he didn't really know what he was going to do, but I could tell he was stressing," explained Thompson. "We spoke again today around 11 am and he said he had decided to take the position at Washington. I didn't really know what to say."

Prior to announcing his commitment to the Bears, Thompson had both Cal and Washington as his two finalists.

" Washington and Cal have been my final two for awhile, but now that this has happened I am really torn. I am pretty much split 50-50 between the two schools."

Earlier this season, Thompson took an official visit up to Seattle to check out the Huskies.

"I like Cal, but when I went out to Washington I really liked it," said Thompson. "It felt like home and besides the rain I really liked it."

Now that Thompson's close connection at Cal has departed, he will now take a look at some of his other options.

"I may take an unofficial to UCLA. Jim Mora has been calling me and I need to call him back. I know they really want me to come down for a visit," said Thompson. "I am also considering Notre Dame, but Cal and Washington are at the top of my list."


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