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Fresno (Calif.) Central quarterback Trent Tompkins following in school's D1 footsteps

With plenty of Division I players having come out of the Fresno (Calif.) Central East program, Trent Tompkins has some big footsteps to follow in.

Trent Tompkins grew up idolizing the Fresno (Calif.) Central East football stars of the past, stars who sprinkled the rosters of Power Five and mid-major programs across the country.

Now, the 2019 Grizzlies quarterback is witnessing his own recruiting period jump out to a fast start.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Tompkins said Washington, Michigan and Fresno State are among the list of colleges expressing interest in him. Tompkins said the Bulldogs have actually been in contact with him since the seventh grade.

Tompkins, who will soon replace future Wyoming quarterback Nick Szpor this upcoming season, said he’s been inspired by the past Grizzly greats – names like Brendon Bigelow (Cal), B.J. Kelley (Oregon), Michiah Quick (Oklahoma), Johnny Johnson (UCLA), Savion Simms (Eastern Washington) and Dehlon Preston (San Jose State) - since elementary school.

“The past Grizzlies who have gone D1 really motivate me about how they grew up in the same district and schools as I did, and to see them do great things is really incredible,” Tompkins said. “I've always dreamed about playing under the lights on Fridays just like they did. I've watched them since the second grade and to finally have the opportunity to play how they did really opens my eyes of what I can do.”

While Tompkins hasn’t been thrown into the varsity fire yet, he has spun the ball in front of college coaches during spring practice, and has thrown against some of the top talent in the state at different tournaments. This past spring, Tompkins led his 7on7 team DB Guru to top eight and 16 finishes at Passing Down, the state of California’s largest 7on7 tournament, plus led DB Guru to a top eight finish at the March 2016 National Pylon Regional in Las Vegas. Outside of tournament play, he got a chance to throw the ball in front of a number of college coaches during the NCAA Spring Evaluation Period.

“I believe my strengths are throwing on the run and being able to find the open wide receiver in a tough situation,” Tompkins said.

Off the field, Tompkins holds a 4.0 grade point average and says he’s always been a Fresno State fan, especially when Derek Carr threw the pigskin at Bulldog Stadium.

Tompkins plans to attend the Boise State camp in June and adds, “I'm going to try to make it out to the Fresno State camp,” which is scheduled for June 12.

He also has an ambition to place his own name in front of the top signal callers in the 2019 class, a list that features the highly recruited J.T. Daniels of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei (six reported offers including Norte Dame and UCLA) and San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon record breaker Jayden Daniels (interest from Pac-12 and Mountain West schools).

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“What makes me who I am is my work ethic and my will to be the best quarterback in my class,” Tompkins said.  

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