Junior to watch: TE Dale Thompson

One of the recruits in attendance at the Trojan practice on Saturday was Santiago TE Dale Thompson and he is considering the Trojans right now. 


Thompson (6-5, 250) only played two games at tight end last season before breaking his hand and playing the bulk of the season at offensive tackle where he was good enough to be named All-County.  In those first two games he caught five passes and Dale says he likes the way the Trojans utilize the tight end.


"I watched a little bit of everything on Saturday and I really like how they throw the ball," said Thompson.  "I had a chance to talk with Coach Sarkisian and Coach Orgeron and I also met Coach Carroll.  I'd been on the SC campus before at the Nike Camp last year and at a one-day camp prior to my sophomore year.  I consider myself a powerful tight end who can block and catch equally well.  I like to get downfield too.  I like tight ends like Kellen Winslow and Jeremy Shockey.  Winslow is more of a catching TE while Shockey will just run someone over.  I've always been big so I played offensive line when I was younger but as my athleticism started to develop I moved to tight end."


Dale played basketball as a freshman and his father, Dale, Sr. was a defensive back at CS Fullerton in 1983.  He has a 2.9 GPA and will be taking the SAT soon.  He plans to attend the Nike Camp at USC but also hopes to make the trip to Northern California as well in May for the opportunity to perform in front of the college coaches. 


"I was a Michigan fan growing up but not so much now," said Thompson. "I'm pretty open to everyone in the Pac-10 and Big 12 with Colorado, USC and UCLA being three schools I'm really interested in.  My coach says I have an offer from Colorado but I haven't seen it yet so I'm not counting it until I see it."

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