Gators extend offer to Thompkins

El Camino had an outstanding season in 2008, going 11-1 and one of their top 2010 prospects is WR Kenbrell Thompkins (6-2.5, 180), a fleet wideout who is just now realizing his full potential. caught up with the talented pass-catcher and he talked about hauling in his first offer and why a Sunshine State native is now living on the west coast...

"I had pretty much given up on things," Thompkins admitted to "I was a high school player at Miami Northwestern and I got into a lot of trouble.

"I got hooked up with the wrong crowd, got in trouble, got kicked out of school, all that junk, so I had pretty much given up on football.

"Then my younger brother (Kendal Thompkins) got a scholarship to Miami and I was like 'hey, I gotta do this' so I wanted to get away from all the bad influences and surround myself with good and positive people, so that's why I headed out to Elco."

As a freshman for the Warriors, Thompkins used his outstanding size, natural pass-catching skills and 4.4 speed to post 57 catches for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns.

"It felt great getting back out there and doing it right," Thompkins said. "I can be any type of a receiver that a team needs. I can be fast and run by people or I can go across the middle.

"It really doesn't matter to me because I'll adjust my body and go up and get the ball."

On the recruiting front, Thompkins got his first offer recently when the defending national champions decided to become the first school to give him a scholarship.

"Florida offered me," Thompkins said. "It was like a dream come true. They are a great program and they have great coaches there.

"I want to talk to my family about things, but with Florida being first I have a lot of respect for them doing that for me."

Also in the hunt early on have been Oregon, LSU, South Carolina, Miami and Florida State.

"I'm getting mail from a bunch of schools, but those are the main ones," Thompkins said. "I've never really been through this before so I want to make sure I make the right decision."

In addition to rekindling his football career, Thompkins has also been hard at work in the classroom and he said he's on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two following this coming season.

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