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Coug WR visitor: Pullman was a big surprise; CF.C talks to 3-star prospect Bryan Thompson after his official visit to WSU

THREE-STAR wide receiver prospect Bryan Thompson out of Moreno Valley, Calif., didn’t know what to expect headed into his official visit to Washington State. He had heard plenty of great things about the WSU campus, sure, but he wasn't so sure about the town of Pullman based on what he had been told. Now that he’s seen it first hand, what did he think? CF.C asked the Rancho Verde High product that and more.

Thompson told CF.C after leaving campus on Sunday that the weekend Palouse experience was a real eye-opener.
 
“It was a real family atmosphere and the city isn’t really big, but it’s not what people think,” Thompson said. “There was a lot more going on in the town that I thought. The players and the coaches were very welcoming to me.”
 
Among the visit highlights for the 6-3, 187-pounder: being in Martin Stadium and watching the Cougars practice. It was the Cougs' first bowl practice on Saturday.  It was announced Sunday afternoon that WSU will play Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl later this month.
 
“I got to watch the one-on-one drills and 7-on-7,” Thompson said. “I liked it a lot. I like how Coach (Dave) Nichol pushes his receivers. I only saw one day of them practicing, but from what I saw they had a lot of energy.”
 
THOMPSON MADE THE TRIP with his parents and was hosted by WSU receiver and return man Kaleb Fossum. Thompson said he met with Cougar players from California like Gabe Marks, Marcus Strong and others and added that he spent plenty of time with the freshmen.
 
“They were telling me that Coach Nichol (outside WRs coach) is a great guy and that they love the school,” Thompson said. “They were telling me to find the best fit for me too. They said they weren’t going to bad mouth any other programs. The players said it’s on me to make the best decision.”
 
What stood out to Thompson the most during his visit was definitely his time with the coaches, he said.
 
“Coach Leach was telling me that I fit in the depth chart and that I’d have a good opportunity to come in and play early,” Thompson said. “That’s big for me. I want to come in and make an impact.
 
“With Coach Nichol, I really like his style. He wants his receivers to be diehard. Most coaches will tell me to catch the ball and then get out of bounds if I need to. Coach Nichol wants guys to lower their shoulder and fight for extra yards.”
 
THOMPSON HAS BEEN offered by the majority of Pac-12 schools this recruiting cycle, has now taken trips to WSU, Oregon, Boise State and Utah. He has one more official visit he can take, which he said he is saving in case another desirable school offers down the road.
 
Thompson didn’t commit to the Cougars over the weekend and said he’s eyeing a mid-January decision. WSU is a strong contender, though, he said.
 
“This trip raised my interest in WSU,” Thompson said. “The opportunity for me to come in and make an early impact would be great. To be able to get so many balls in their offense would be huge.”


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