Two-Way Prospect Brandon Thigpen

The 6-4, 200-pound athlete from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, Brandon Thigpen, is getting early recruiting attention for both sides of the ball. He recently was seen on UCLA's campus...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde athlete Brandon Thigpen (6-4, 197) was in attendance at a recent UCLA practice and Thigpen is getting some interest from the Bruin staff.

"I like UCLA a lot right now," said Thigpen. "I also like Arizona State, Miami and USC. And Nebraska has offered me."

Thigpen was at Vista Del Lago High School a season ago, but transferred to Rancho Verde earlier this year, where he will play his senior season.

He's already running track for Rancho Verde and, in fact, a track meet last weekend kept him from attending UCLA's Junior Day, to which he was invited.

A two-way threat, Thigpen has good size and speed and said that he hasn't decided on a position yet for college. He said, "I could play on either side of the ball, it doesn't matter to me. I could play receiver or safety, but whatever the coaches think I fit best, and what gets me on the field."

Despite hearing from Miami and having an offer from Nebraska, Thigpen said he would prefer to stay in-state, whether it is at USC or UCLA.

During his junior season, Thigpen had 70 receptions for around 600 yards and recorded 30 tackles.

A slow start academically in high school has made Thigpen focus more on his academics of late. He said he has 2.3 GPA, and said he's working hard to bring it up. "I'm focusing on school a lot now. I'm taking the SAT on April 1st. I want to make sure I have no problem qualifying," said Thigpen.

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