NorCal rushing champion a big Leach fan

JUST BEFORE FALL CAMP begins on Aug. 2 at Washington State, a California running back who broke the NorCal record for rushing yards as a junior will take an unofficial visit up to the Palouse. And he's a big fan of Mike Leach.

Olito Thompson (5-10, 210) out of Concord, Calif. had planned on a June trip to the Palouse but it got pushed back. He'll be visiting Pullman the last weekend of July.

"I'm looking forward to really getting to know and understand what WSU is all about," said Thompson.

Opposing defenses has a difficult time trying to stop the Concord High product during his junior campaign. He rushed for an eye-popping 3,488 hashes with 34 touchdowns.

The yardage set a Northern California record for single season rushing.

BUT THOMPSON, who holds three Pac-12 offers from WSU, Arizona and Utah, likes to do more than just carry the pigskin – he truly enjoys blocking, for example. And that fits in smartly with Mike Leach's Air Raid offense.

"Washington State wants me as an all-around back, doing it all for them -- catching the ball, running the ball, doing a good job blocking... They said I'm a great fit for their offense," said Thompson.

THOMPSON SAID A highlight of his upcoming visit will undoubtedly be the time he gets to spend visiting with Leach.

"I like the way they run things at WSU, the way the program works, the way the offense works," he said. "And I really like the head coach, Mike Leach – he's an excellent coach and I'm a big fan.

"What I know about Coach Leach is he gets the job done, football-wise, college-wise -- basically all his students graduate."

THOMPSON IS CURRENTLY immersed in offseason workouts with his teammates and has been since the school term ended. His schedule is a busy one, with workouts Monday-Thursday plus competing in various area passing leagues and 7on7 tourneys.

"I'm just being patient right now (in recruiting) and focused on getting my team better," said Thompson.

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 recently clocked a 4.5 in the 40.

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