Thompson, out of Downey, Calif., just outside Los Angeles, tells CF.C (5-10, 170) he arrived at Washington State on Wednesday.
“I think it gives me a head start on all the other freshmen but it also gives me the opportunity to get to know all of the other players better – it lets me get used to my teammates and the coaches,” said Thompson.
Thompson has been verbally pledged to WSU since way back in June but another Pac-12 school made an 11th hour run at him. Thompson said both Washington and UNLV both tried to get him to come out on official visit last month before he graduated.
“I only took a trip to Washington State… I liked Coach Manning (area recruiter) and all the coaches here, I just felt like Washington State was the place to go,” said Thompson.
There has been some discussion this recruiting cycle WSU might look at him as an inside receiver but Thompson said he figures to line up in the defensive backfield for Alex Grinch this spring.
"Maybe if they need me there but as of right now, it's DB," said Thompson.
Thompson was named to the Press Telegram All-Area Dream Team as a senior, with the newspaper calling him “one of the most driven football players in the local Long Beach area.” On the phone, though, Thompson comes across only as soft-spoken.
“I’m just a normal guy,” laughed Thompson. “I am a hard worker… the WSU coaches like my quickness, how fast I am. They like how I can move my hips. And they like my attitude.
“I’m just ready to work now.”
Thompson as a senior picked off five passes and averaged 20.2 ypc as a receiver to help lead Downey High to a share of the San Gabriel Valley League.
Three other early enrollees at WSU begin classes Monday: WR Isaiah Johnson, ATH/QB Justus Rogers and JUCO DE Garrett McBroom. CF.C has not heard back from Johnson or McBroom yet but Rogers tells CF.C he arrived on campus on Tuesday. Look for an article on Rogers soon on CF.C.
Jalen Thompson's senior tape: