El Camino's Justin Thompson is a load

Big, quick and athletic defensive tackles are a luxury every four-year school wants and one of the best in the JUCO ranks this year is El Camino's Justin Thompson (6-4, 290). He's already hearing from several top programs and he's also got two big offers under his belt.

"Arizona offered me on Thursday and Oregon offered me on Friday," Thompson told JCFootball.com. "Ohio State just got my film the other day and they called my coach and said they are very interested in me.

"USC said they want to see my film, but they've been recruiting me pretty hard as well. I'm supposed to get my film out to them this week sometime and then they said they would get back to me."

Another school making inquiries into Thompson is Utah.

Thompson prepped at Westchester High School in Los Angeles and had several schools after him, but he didn't qualify.

"Idaho, Idaho State, San Jose State, Utah and Oregon were all recruiting me, but I didn't get a qualifying SAT score so I headed here to El Camino," Thompson said. "I really liked the coaches here and they have a rep of putting guys into four-year programs.

"They said I could be an impact guy for them and they needed me. They were my best opportunity so I took it."

As a freshman, Thompson posted modest numbers from his nose guard spot.

"We run a one-gap scheme. I played mostly nose tackle last year, but I also played end and the under-tackle so I can play almost anywhere."

Thompson boasts excellent quickness for his size, registering consistent 4.8's in the 40-yard dash while also putting up 360 pounds on the bench.

"I've been working real hard on my footwork since the season finished," Thompson said. "You can never work on your footwork enough and it's going to really help me this next season.

"I mainly used a bull-rush last year, but this year I'm going to unleash some of my other moves. I've been working on my rips and swims and how to position my hands and things like that. I think I'll surprise some guys with what I can do this fall."

Thompson will graduate next May and said he plans to major in Business wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Thompson as the April and May evaluation period gets under way to see what other schools come into the picture for this talented defensive tackle.

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