Record-setting RB has Wazzu trip plans

A CALIFORNIA RUNNING BACK with a Mike Leach offer will be travelling with his prep coach up to Washington State for an unofficial visit in the near future. He's known in part for being a power runner and those guys don't ordinarily put up huge, record breaking yardage numbers. But he's not your ordinary running back.

Olito Thompson (5-10, 210) out of Concord, Calif. rushed for a video game-like 3,488 hashes with 34 touchdowns last season. The yardage set a Northern California record for single season rushing. But Thompson is more than a power back. He wasn't called on to catch the ball a ton (10 receptions, 7.8 ypc) but he also showed good hands coming out of the backfield at Concord High.

"Everybody sees me as an all around guy, doesn't matter if they're a running team or a passing team. We have a lot of those things here that (WSU) does, blocking and whatever. All I want to do is help my team win, get better and accomplish more," said Thompson.

Thompson, who holds offers from Wazzu and Arizona in the Pac-12, will trip to Pullman soon though the date has yet to be finalized.

"Washington State, sometime this month I think, my coach is taking me up. So I am taking an unofficial to Washington State, and I'm going to a camp at Cal (June 16) as well," said Thompson.

THERE'S A WSU connection with Thompson.

"My coaches know their weight coach, we actually get a lot of our lifts from them… My coach loves Washington State, they've been chatting it up, they have a little history," said Thompson.

And though he has yet to see WSU in person, he's been doing his research on the Cougs and Mike Leach.

"Washington State to me actually is kind of like home," said Thompson. "And they have a new coach, an excellent coach, an outstanding coach. The offense they run is the same as what we run, the protections, the schemes, a lot of it is the same," said Thompson.

THE TWO offering schools, not surprisingly, are standing out, Thompson said.

"They have both been in contact with my coaches, they've been on it. Arizona, their whole staff sent me a birthday card signed by all of them. And they were the first to offer me which was important. As far as Washington State, they've been on me ever since they offered me," said Thompson.

THOMPSON SAID HE thinks more offers might be just around the corner.

"My latest transcripts will be out (soon) and some schools are waiting on those… My thing is I think I'll probably make my decision by the end of summer, but I want to wait it out as long as I can to see who else comes to the table. I want to wait and see what happens," said Thompson.

Schools he's hearing from most besides WSU and UA include Cal, OSU, Utah, San Diego, Nevada and Iowa State.

Thompson was named the East Bay Football Player of the Year as a junior, as well as first team All-Metro, All-DVAL and FOXSportsNext All-California. He said all schools including WSU are recruiting him at running back.

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