USC had tremendous success recruiting the Corona area for the class of 2003 getting letter of intents from Jonathan Turner and Matt Spanos. SC football fans will hope that success carries over for the class of 2004 with tight end prospect Dale Thompson. Thompson has prototypical tight end size at 6'5" and 250 pounds with room to grow. He is blessed with soft hands, runs good routes, and is a tenacious blocker. He also runs a 4.65 forty, has a 28" vertical, and benches 300 pounds. His current weight training is on hold, as Dale recently had his appendix taken out, and will need about 4 weeks to recover. In fact, he will miss physically participating in both the USC Junior Day this coming weekend, as well as the USC Nike Camp on April 6th, but may attend both anyway. However, he does plan to attend and fully participate at the Stanford Nike Camp on May 10th.
Injuries also struck Dale last fall, as he had to move to the offensive line after fracturing his hand three games into the season. He caught 6 balls for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first two games after having 16 receptions for around 300 yards and 5 touchdowns as a sophomore. Thompson still was named All-League as a junior. He also plays at defensive end on the other side of the ball, but will be recruited by most schools, and USC, at tight end. The tight end he likes to model his game after is Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants. Dale also played basketball through his freshman year, but now only concentrates on football.
The four schools Thompson is mainly looking at the current time include USC, UCLA, Arizona State, and Colorado. So far, only Colorado has offered out of that group. He declined to name a favorite right now because it's very early in the recruiting process. Any official visit itinerary will also be decided upon later in the process. Dale would like to commit early to concentrate on his senior season.
In regards to USC, Dale really likes the academics, football tradition, and the fact SC is close to home. Coach Sarkisian will handle Thompson's recruitment. Dale is undecided about his major in college, but currently carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored over a 1,000 on the PSAT. He has never been to a game at the Coliseum, but plans to attend some this fall. His dad also played college football, playing at California State University at Fullerton, and later with the Denver Broncos and in the CFL. He lists family and friends as the most important things in his life, and is really looking forward a terrific senior season.