Bryan Thompson

3-star WR Bryan Thompson Checks Out UCLA Practice

Aug. 22 -- Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde receiver Bryan Thompson plans to narrow his list of schools in the coming weeks and he's still hoping for a UCLA offer...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde receiver Bryan Thompson (6-3, 186), is getting ready to narrow his list a bit, but his first order of business was setting up an official visit.

Thompson will head to the Blue Turf the second week of the season.

"I've been talking to the Boise State coach and I've set up my official visit for September 10th (when they host Washington State), and that will be my first official visit," said Thompson.  

Thompson hasn't set any other trips up, but that will likely happen soon after the list cut comes.

"I will start trimming down my schools in a couple of weeks," said Thompson.  "I think I could end up with more offers.  I've talked with USC and UCLA and they're really interested. And my coach said Oregon is probably going to offer me after my first couple of games."

Oregon has long been recruiting Thompson and despite no offer, they're on his short list.

"I like Oregon a lot and my coach is talking with them a lot and they said they really like me, they just want to watch more game film from my senior year, so I'm just going to show out," said Thompson.

Arizona had Thompson on campus for an unofficial this summer and the Wildcats are high on Thompson's list.

"It was exciting out at Arizona," said Thompson.  "I really liked it.  You can tell the coaches are really there for the players.  The background and family atmosphere there at Arizona is really good.  Everything is right on campus.  I'm looking to play in the Pac-12 so Arizona is really high up there for me.

Thompson was at UCLA's fall practice last week when it was in San Bernardino.

"I liked the UCLA practice," said Thompson.  "It seemed like all the players were having fun and didn't even want practice to end because they were competing and having fun which I like."

Eric Yarber, the receivers coach at UCLA, has been recruiting Thompson and he talked with him at the practice.

"I talked to Coach Yarbs and the quarterback coach, Coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo," said Thompson.  "They told me I'm a really good athlete and that I look big in person. And most importantly they said they love my attitude and character.  Coach Yarbs said he wants to watch the first few games too."

Thompson said that Arizona is likely to get an official visit and could be the next visit he sets up.  He's also keeping Oregon and UCLA open for visits if either offers.

"And I want to wait and see if an SEC or ACC school offers me, because I may take one there if they offered me," said Thompson.

Thompson said he doesn't mind waiting out the process for a bit and to see what other offers materialize.

"I'm fine with having to impress them the first few games," said Thompson.  "I'm enjoying the process and just worrying about getting better as a football player.  Recruiting will take care of itself."

Rancho Verde opens the 2016 season on the road at Redondo Union (Calif.) on Friday.

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