WR Prospect Brett Thompson

El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge receiver Brett Thompson, a four-star prospect, has been making a name for himself since his sophomore year and schools around the country are catching on to him, including UCLA...

El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge receiver Brett Thompson (6-3, 205) was a player we had heard a lot about the past few years and when we saw Thompson at the Badger/New Level Pass Camp in Las Vegas in March, it was our first chance to see him in person and see that he is every bit the talent he's been talked about.

Thompson has four offers to date, but as more schools come by the Oak Ridge campus, and as Thompson gets out during the spring, that tally is sure to rise.

"I've been offered so far by BYU, UNLV, Air Force and Nebraska," said Thompson. "I'm getting a lot of letters from Georgia Tech and Boston College. Boise State and USC are emailing me and then Utah State, UCLA, Nevada and Oregon are coming by the school or already came by."

Thompson said that while he was still open, three schools stood out for him.

"I really like Oregon and I like USC a lot and I like BYU," said Thompson. "USC said if I was to get recruited by them, it would be on defense and more of a safety. I want to play receiver, but I also want to play at the highest level. UCLA and Nebraska and Boise State are some of the other schools I'm interested in. Ryan Moya (at UCLA) went to my high school and I know him and he's been talking about UCLA to me. Georgia Tech has been showing me a lot of interest and they really like me, but they weren't able to get out here during the spring so they would like me to go down there for a camp."

While Oregon and USC are two of the three schools he's got strong interest, the third, BYU, has been recruiting Thompson the hardest, and the strong interest between the two is mutual.

"BYU offered me as a sophomore and they were my first offer," said Thompson. "They opened my eyes to the D-I level and I've been out there a couple of times and I've just enjoyed the campus and the college. It's definitely a place I could see myself at. I know Austin Collie pretty well, our families are pretty good friends. I've talked with him about recruiting and he really enjoys BYU. I definitely think it would be cool to play with him. Just watching him play, I never thought I could play with him. I like everything about BYU and I feel that BYU is my strongest offer."

Thompson, said he's not in a rush to make a decision, taking more advice from Collie on going through the process.

"I definitely want to take my trips and wait on my decision," said Thompson. "Austin said you just have to have that feeling and it to be a good feeling before you commit.

Thompson said his family isn't steering him anywhere, leaving the decision entirely up to him.

"It's definitely all my decision," said Thompson. "They're going to leave it up to me and they're going to support me wherever I go."

Thompson said his plan is to take his LDS mission early in his career, but he'd like to squeeze a season in, and a productive one, wherever he lands.

"I'm actually planning on going to school for a semester, and play the football season during that semester," said Thompson. "I'd definitely want to play as a true freshman, which is something that not that many people do. Whatever I can do to make the team better. Then I'll take my mission and come back and be ready to play again. I definitely want to go on a mission. I feel like my mission is very important to me. If a school wouldn't let me go on a mission, that wouldn't be a school I'd consider."

Thompson has good size and speed and displayed it in Las Vegas, earning all-camp honors.

"I think when people hear my size, they think ‘he's one of those possession receivers' and that makes me mad. I feel like I could run a short pattern, I could go sideline to sideline. People think because a guy is kind of big, he's just a possession receiver. I can be that receiver who can get that extra yard. And I'm continuing to work hard. Anyone can always get faster and can get stronger and their patterns get more crisp. There are a lot of things you can work on. I don't think I'll ever stop trying to get better."

And being in Northern California, Thompson feels like he is often overlooked.

"I feel like my location is a downfall, for people to see who I am, so that's where I try to go to things like the Badger Camp. I definitely think I can play with all those guys. I think a lot of people get sidetracked because the talent is always from Southern California. And that was one of my goals, to show people I can compete," said Thompson. "So that camp definitely boosted my confidence. It was good to have people notice. To go out there and prove it, it was a good opportunity for me."

Thompson is hoping to have a decision made before Oak Ridge kicks off their 2008 season.

"I would like it to be done before my season so I can play my senior year without worrying about," said Thompson. "I think it would be a good opportunity for me to decide in the summer. When the feeling is right more or less."

As a junior, Thompson had 35 receptions for 570 yards and six touchdowns and added 41 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery for Oak Ridge. He also averaged 38.4 yards on punts, and 30 yards on punt returns. As a sophomore, he had 53 catches for 894 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to earn all-state sophomore honors in 2006 and he added 22 tackles on defense.

Academically, Thompson has a 3.3 GPA.


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