Thompson leads the way for Canyons

One of the biggest and more physically gifted offensive lineman in the California JUCO ranks this year is College of the Canyons OG Joe Thompson (6-6, 315). He's got the athleticism to play almost anywhere along the offensive line and he spoke with recently about recruiting as well as what sets him apart from the other offensive lineman in southern California...

Thompson prepped at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee and he was a standout on both sides of the ball, but he didn't qualify so he had to go the JC route.

"I was going to go to either Hargrave Military Academy or I was going to go to a JC in Georgia," Thompson told recently. "One of my coaches heard about Canyons out here and he said I should check it out and I felt like it was a better opportunity for me, so I came out here and I'm really happy I did because I've had a lot of fun and I've gotten some great coaching.

"They run the same offense here that I ran in high school, so it was really easy to pick things up and they have moved me around a little. I've played mostly guard, but they've moved me out to tackle at times as well."

One thing Thompson noted that he's been working on this offseason is his strength.

"I've really been focused on my workouts this summer," Thompson said. "I have a 315 pound bench press and I want that higher so I've been hitting it hard in the weight room.

"I've also been working on my technique a lot, but that's just because you always need to work on technique and make sure you are sharp there. I prefer to pass-block, but I can run-block well too and being sound in my technique helps me in being able to do both well."

On the recruiting front, Thompson is already hearing from several schools including one that is relatively close to his hometown.

"Kentucky was talking to me for a while, but I'm not sure how interested they are," Thompson said. "They told me they don't have any offensive line scholarships left, so I think they may not be that interested, but you never know.

"Western Kentucky is another school that's been talking to me and Arizona State, Kansas State and Oregon State have all been talking to me and my coaches."

Thompson has been hard at work in the classroom since he arrived at Canyons and he's scheduled to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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