Sought DT has visit date to Washington State

HE DOESN'T HAVE many stars next to his name...yet. Count on that changing once he's evaluated. A 6-4, 295-pound DT out of the Bay Area -- a decided recruiting focus under Paul Wulff at Wazzu -- he's landed multiple Pac-10 offers as he's wreaked evermore havoc in the trenches his senior year. Washington State, who has offered, will play host to him on an official visit in less than two weeks.

Fred Thompson (6-4, 295) out of Oakland Tech has made himself noticed this season. He now holds offers from Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State, Washington and Fresno State. ASU and UCLA are also showing him "big interest", could be close to offering and are talking about bringing him out on a trip, he said.

"It's pretty much everyone in the Pac-10 besides USC and Cal," said Thompson.

Thompson said WSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball was down to see him play earlier this season and a short time after that, he had a full ride from WSU waiting. So too did one of his teammates, ATH Ryan Murphy.

"We played a game down here and that's what got me offered," said Thompson. "I played a really good game.

"They've also offered one of my best friends, we're taking the trip to Washington State together and that's a plus for them because we look at each other like brothers, on and off the field. If we had the opportunity to play at the next level that's really something we're going to look into," said Thompson.

THOMPSON SAID THE contact has been steadily increasing, despite phone problems of late.

"They contact me once a week so they don't overstep any boundaries. Fresno State emails me a lot...The coaches I speak to the most are probably Oregon State and Arizona, and then I'm starting to talk to Washington State more and more as time has gone on," said Thompson.

COMPLETE, PUBLISHED DEFENSIVE STATS can be hard to find on occasion, but it certainly seems apparent Thompson has been tearing up offensive lines this season. D-tackles don't generally get a lot of sacks. But Thompson doesn't appear to be your usual d-tackle.

"For about every game I've been averaging almost three sacks. I think there was a couple where I had four sacks. And one other thing I was pretty excited about was that I had an interception for a touchdown," said Thompson.

UP FRONT, THE best Pac-10 defensive tackles aren't only about power, it's just as much about quickness and technique.

"One thing I hear a lot from the coaches, that my feet are really fast for how big I am," said Thompson. "That's one thing they talk about is my motor and my speed off the ball -- I hear that a lot, and then how physical I am."

Thompson ran a 4.96 hand-timed 40 earlier this year.

"I ran a 5.1 at the NIKE combine but I slipped," he said. "And then I did a 4.6 in the shuttle and my vertical was 28.5."

THOMPSON AND MURPHY will trip to WSU on Dec. 5 and then also to Oregon State the following weekend, Dec. 12. He's already taken one trip, to Arizona and said he enjoyed the down to earth style of the UA coaches.

"Oregon State, I feel like they have a real good program. They want to build the program and get better over time. And one plus with Oregon State was Oregon State was with me from the beginning of the recruiting process. They were my first offer.

"I speak with coach (Keith) Heyward most of the time. And I speak with the d-line coach, (Joe) Seumalo and coach (Mike) Riley. Coach Riley was impressed with (Murphy) too and offered him," said Thompson.

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