WSU verbal commit eyes other Pac-12 visits

IT WAS BACK in early June that three-star cornerback Jalen Thompson verbally committed to Washington State. And he says his love for the Cougs hasn’t lowered at all since he made that decision. His relationship with the staff, and the future of the program, has him excited to take his official visit to WSU in September. However, he says that won’t be the only Pac-12 visit he’ll be taking.

Thompson (pictured above) is a busy man this summer, getting ready for his senior season at Downey High (California).

But that hasn’t prevented him from speaking with future coaches Alex Grinch and Roy Manning, both of whom are entering their first seasons at Washington State.

“Oh man, it’s usually three times a week that I’m speaking with Coach Manning and Coach Grinch about the future up there. Coach Manning is my area recruiter and he’s the man.

“I have a great relationship with Coach Manning. We’re very close right now. He’s been telling me that we’re building something special right now at Washington State. They really want me to be a part of that.”

DESPITE NEVER SEEING the WSU campus, Thompson committed to the Cougs on June 5.

“I just like all the coaches a lot,” he said. “They are genuwine and they all really believe in me,” Thompson said. “Not a lot of coaches were believing in me back when I committed, but they did. That means a lot to me.”

Since he committed to the Cougs, Thompson has picked up two more offers from Pac-12 schools, Utah and Washington.

So have those offers changed Thompson’s recruitment at all?

“Right now, I’m fully committed to Washington State,” Thompson said. “I am going to take some official visits, though. I’ll go to Washington State in September and then I’ll go to Washington and Utah as well. Those are my three planned official visits right now.”

DESPITE TAKING OTHER visits, Thompson was adamant that he’s planning on wearing a Cougar jersey in 2015.

“I let the coaches know that I wanted to take some other visits and they told me to do what I think is best for me,” Thompson said. “I’m fully committed to Washington State, though. I’m 100 percent with them right now.”

When Thompson does arrive to Pullman next summer, he’ll arrive as a corner, but that could change over the course of camp.

“The coaches think I could play on both sides of the ball,” Thompson said. “They’re recruiting me as a cornerback, but I spoke with Coach (David) Yost and he likes me as a wide receiver as well.

“On defense, the staff likes how physical I am. I can make plays on the ball. And on offense, they like how I can get open and make plays once I have the balls in my hand. I could play either cornerback or receiver. I’d prefer to play cornerback, though.”

As a junior for Downey in 2014, Thompson posted 57 tackles with one interception and caught 22 balls for 450 yards and four touchdowns.

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