Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Shurod Thompson (6-1, 195) is the West’s top safety prospect and is already in double-digits for offers.
“USC was my most recent offer,” said Thompson. “I went down there for Junior Day and I had a wonderful time. It was beautiful down there. I really like what USC is doing and I like the program. I really liked USC.”
“I’m really happy with the group of offers I have right now,” said Thompson. “There isn’t really anyone besides Oregon I’m hoping offers.”
But Thompson has high hopes that the Ducks will join the mix and given the recent success Pitt defensive backs (Erick Dargan, Avery Patterson) have had at Oregon, he’s looking for an opportunity to keep that going.
“I’m planning to visit Oregon and that’s my number one school,” said Thompson. “I feel like I’m close to an offer from Oregon so I want to get up there. They need that Pitt pipeline to keep going.”
In the meantime, the three in-state Pac-12 schools continue to pursue Thompson.
“Cal is recruiting me probably the hardest. Coach (Greg) Burns and Coach (Sonny) Dykes as well, they’re recruiting me hard and trying to keep the local kid home. UCLA is recruiting me really hard too. Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and Coach Angus (McClure) came by a lot and really like me. And Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) and Coach (Keith) Heyward are on me hard at USC.”
Thompson and teammate Jordan Parker, a four-star cornerback, have long talked about playing together in college and, for now at least, that is their plan.
“As of right now, we’re a package deal,” said Thompson. “Now, things could change, but right now, we’re a package deal and playing together in college.”
Thompson doesn’t plan to hurry through his recruitment.
“I’m still pretty wide open and want to take all my visits,” said Thompson.
Thompson said he’ll take the SAT next month.
This spring, he’ll play 7v7 for Kenion Training.