Thompson's Visit Helps UCLA

Oakland (Calif.) Tech defensive tackle Fred Thompson's fourth visit, which was to UCLA, helps move the Bruins up his list...

Oakland (Calif.) Tech defensive tackle Fred Thompson (6-3, 290), took his fourth official visit this weekend, a hastily scheduled trip to UCLA.

"It was exciting," said Thompson. "It was my first time really experiencing L.A. I loved everything about it."

Thompson said several things about the visit stood out to him, the setting a notable one.

"Really, the environment around campus, everything you see on TV is really how it is down there, it's really like that. The environment was everything like I expected it to be. It was really cool there," said Thompson.

But his time with the coaches was the highlight for him.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach (Todd) Howard and then at the same time we spent a lot of time with a lot of the other coaches," said Thompson. "We got a lot of time with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, a whole lot of time together. Coach Neuheisel really set himself a part from the other coaches on visits I've been on. Usually, you get like 5-10 minutes with the coaches, but Coach Neuheisel was there for every event. He was showing us the locker room, the school, the facilities. It was a big deal and a big difference from other schools."

Thompson was hosted by Datone Jones and was flanked on the visit by his teammate Ryan Murphy.

"Ryan and I, we talk about playing together in college so if it happens, it happens," said Thompson.

Recruited to UCLA as a defensive tackle, Thompson said the depth chart allows for early playing time.

"They want me as d-tackle and I could play early there because they lost a lot of players to graduation," said Thompson.

Thompson was on his fourth visit, but he said this one was in his top two.

"Between the four visits (UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington), this was in the top two with Arizona. I'm going to Oregon State next weekend. It's a toss up on my leader. I really don't have one. But it's down to pretty much Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA, in no particular order," said Thompson.


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