Thompkins opens things back up

When he committed to Tennessee, El Camino WR Kenbrell Thompkins (6-2, 190) looked to be the big-play receiver the Volunteers were looking to add to their lineup. However, when head coach Lane Kiffin decided to head west and take the same position with USC, the talented wideout decided to let it be known he was looking around again and Rocky Top isn't in his future plans...

"I'm wide open right now," Thompkins told Wednesday morning. "I've talked to a few schools and let them know I'm available again and that I'm not really looking at any SEC schools any more.

"I'm more looking Big 12 and Pac 10, but honestly I'm open to everyone right now while I try and figure out what is going on and where I might end up."

Thompkins mentioned that Oklahoma is a school that has piqued his interest and he said he plans to call the Sooner coaches to set up a visit in the next few days.

"They run a great offense and the coaches there are great," Thompkins said. "I don't really have a favorite right now, but they are definitely a school I like a lot."

Thompkins had offers from schools across the country, including Alabama which has been his only visit. Other schools looking like they could be in the mix include California and Oregon among others.

"I'm not looking at USC," Thompkins said adamantly. "I'm not going to go down that road again with (the staff). I've already been burned once, I don't want to get burned again."

As a freshman in 2008, Thompkins, whose brother Kendal plays for Miami, posted 57 catches for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns for the Warriors and was named a Preseason First Team All-American for his efforts and he did nothing to dispel that notion this year when he hauled in 69 receptions for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I can do whatever a team needs me to do, but I'm best outside and going down the field," Thompkins said. "I don't feel like anyone can play me man-up and I feel like I can beat any opponent I face."

Thompkins is on pace to graduate this May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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