Thompson: There's a Bay Area buzz around WSU

FRED THOMPSON, a fast rising defensive tackle prospect this season out of Oakland Tech, is eyeing a January visit to Washington State. And he says, more and more, he's been noticing the "buzz" surrounding the Cougars and Paul Wulff in the Bay Area.

Fred Thompson (6-4, 290) had planned to take his official visit to Washington State on Dec. 4 but ended up tripping to the UW instead that weekend. Close friend and Oakland Tech teammate Ryan Murphy, who also holds a WSU offer, did hit the Palouse and the two have talked about Murphy's crimson experience.

"Recruiting is going good. I don't know how to say it but one team that's kinda sticking, kinda coming (on strong) is Washington State. They have been real consistent. Coach (Chris) Ball has made sure we speak as often as possible and that we keep in contact. And then with me not going on the trip, and with my best friend Ryan Murphy going on the trip, he's just been telling me all about it and how he had a really good time."

Murphy isn't the only one Thompson is talking to about WSU.

Thompson is also close with a pair of future Cougars in the Bay Area.

"It's also just the buzz around them from guys that have gone on trips to Wazzu," said Thompson. "Like Damante Horton, he goes to Oakland High and we talk, we're cool with each other. I like the things he's had to say. And then also the things Rickey Galvin had to say about them.

"That's been one thing that's lifted my ears, what they've had to say about Wazzu."

THOMPSON HAS PICKED up offers this season from Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona, ASU, Washington and Fresno State. UCLA and others are also in the mix.

Official stats have been hard to come by but Thompson estimates he had averaged between two and three sacks a game this season. He was named first team all-league for his work at d-tackle this season, and helped lead Oakland Tech into the playoffs. He was hand timed in the 40 at 4.96 and ran a 5.1 at a combine, "but I slipped".

Thompson said he plans to visit both Washington State and Oregon State in January with dates to be determined. His trip to the UW earlier this month went well.

"It was fun, I had a good time," said Thompson. "It was a good experience and it gave me something to weigh my options on."

Thompson said Arizona and Fresno State were among those likely coming by for in-home visits today and tomorrow.

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