CB Chaz Thompson: Many Options

One of the best all-around athletes in the JC ranks this year is College of the Siskiyous DB Chaz Thompson (6-1, 190). He's an all-purpose player who can return kicks and punts and he's a shut-down corner as well.

"I had close to 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven interceptions on defense this year," Thompson told JCFootball.com recently.  "I can play on both sides, but I think I'm better at defense so that's where I want to play the most."

Thompson sports some impressive physical numbers – a 4.32 40-time, a 38-inch vertical and 13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench – and he's also got the confidence to succeed wherever he plays.

"Because of my size, I can be successful against the bigger more physical wideouts and my speed and quickness allow me to run with the smaller guys," Thompson said.

He committed to Oklahoma out of high school and had offers from "basically the entire top 25".  LSU, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech were the finalists along with the Sooners, but head coach Mike Stoops won out over them all.

"The Sooners are a great program so that's why I decided to go there," said Thompson who prepped at Tech City High School in Texas.  "I passed the SAT but my scores came late so they had to move on.

"Their coaches got me talking to the coaches here and it turned out to be the best place for me.  I'm happy that everything worked out."

Currently, Thompson sports offers from Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State and says that both Washington and California are close to offering as well.

"I'm heading up to Cal on the 8th (of December) and they said they want me to see the place and then talk about whether they will offer me when I get there," Thompson said. "Washington sounds real close to offering too, but right now they haven't.

"Their DB coach (J.D. Williams) and my head coach are friends so that is who has been talking to me a lot.  I like Washington a lot.  They're pretty high on my list."

Thompson's family is all based in Texas and while he said he'll take his mother's advice on the subject, he doesn't think that distance will be an issue.

"My mom just wants me to be happy, that's the more important thing to her," Thompson said.  "She'll tell me what she thinks but in the end it will come down to the surrounding area and the opportunity to play early because I only have two years left."

Thompson expects to graduate in December and will have three years to play two at the next level.


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