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2009 Rivals100 RB lands his first offer

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Rivals100 to watch 2009 athlete Damien Thigpen out of Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson picked up his first offer earlier this week. The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder landed the scholarship from a college across the nation.
"Stanford offered me, I got it on Monday during my lunch block," he said. "I went down to the football office and called the coaches at Stanford.
"He asked me if I knew why I was calling and then told me he wanted to give me an offer. He said he showed my tape to Coach Harbaugh and they wanted to offer me."
What does Thigpen think of the offer?
"I'm very happy about it," he stated. "It's a great school, an up and coming program. It's very cool."
Meanwhile, the four-star prospect recently visited a school closer to home.
"I went to practice at Virginia last weekend," he said. "It was fun. I got to see what UVA does. I talked to a couple coaches while they were doing practice. They just asked me how I was doing. They had a lot of different drills and interested me."
A variety of other schools including Boston College, Southern Miss, North Carolina and more are showing interest in Thigpen.
Does anyone lead?
"I like all the schools I've visited," he said. "I've been to Southern Miss and Virginia. I need to go to more."
Thigpen is friends with Rivals100 running back Ryan Williams. Will that have any barring on his decision?
"I don't know yet," he said. "It'd be cool to play with him, but I know it would be very hard to compete against him because he's a spectacular running back. It would be a lot easier if I didn't have to."
Thigpen and Williams struggled with injuries this season.
"I played this year, but was injured for four games," he said. "I played well. I wasn't my explosive self. I had a pretty good end of the season and finished with a couple touchdowns. I had about 632-yards on 39 carries.
"I suffered a high ankle sprain and lost a lot of flexibility. I'm running on it now and have no damage to the ankle."
The season was a tough one for Stonewall Jackson.
"At the beginning of the season I was with my partner Ryan and we were carrying the team," he said. "Teams couldn't stop us.
"It was disappointing. We suffered a lot of injuries, had seven high ankle sprains and that destroyed the year."
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