Sacramento (Calif.) Grant athlete Syd Thompson will make his first official visit in a few weeks and also said he’s close to setting up a second visit.
Thompson, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, is having another exceptional season following a standout junior season where he was named state junior of the year by CalHisports.com. He has had great success running the ball this year which has slightly altered where he wants to play at the next level.
“Before, I just wanted to play defense and return kicks,” Thompson said. “I’ve really enjoyed having the ball in my hands this year though and I’m now interested in maybe playing a little slot receiver in college as well as defensive back. I don’t think just returning punts and kicks will be enough for me any more, I’m hooked on running with football.”
In four games for undefeated Grant, Thompson has rushed for 753 yards (10.9 ave.) and 10 touchdowns. He also has one pick on defense to go along with one fumble recovery.
On the recruiting front, Thompson will head to Oklahoma (Oct. 22) for his first official visit of the year.
“I’m looking forward to it. Oklahoma has a great football team,” Thompson said. “The coaches said they would allow me to try and play both ways, which is cool. In fact, all the schools recruiting me have said that would be OK. I’ve never been too far from home so I’m really excited to see what else is out there. I’m also going to set up a visit to Kansas State in the next week or so.
“Those are the only two I know will be during the season but I want to take all five visits before I make my decision. I still have a lot of schools I’m looking at with Cal at the top right now. I just love the way they play and I think they have a chance to build something special there. The game with USC this weekend is going to be huge but I think Cal will win. I’m predicting the score to be around 24-17.
“I also like UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State, but I haven’t closed the door on anyone yet. I’m just going to see who continues to recruit me hard and then see where I think I’ll feel the most comfortable."