Shurod Thompson knows a lot about the UCLA football program. Now that the Bruins have offered, the 2016 prospect from Northern California said he's going to learn even more.
The Pittsburg, Calif., defensive back who looked good at numerous events this offseason said UCLA assistant coach Demetrice Martin recently stopped by his spring practice and soon after he had his newest offer.
It's early but UCLA is definitely a school that will make a serious run at the 2016 recruit.
"I was at practice, we started spring ball last Thursday, and coach Martin was there Friday," Thompson said. "He came to see me, see me work and then we talked and that's how it happened.
"It's one of the top academic schools in the nation and that's big. That's what I'm looking for. I like UCLA and I know a lot about them."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety who shined at the RCS Northern California said playing in UCLA's defense - and being coached by Martin - are big factors as his recruitment continues.
There is still a load of time left before Thompson needs to make a decision but building a relationship with Martin seems like an important consideration moving forward.
"The defense is great," Thompson said. "Coach Martin gets a lot of DBs out to the NFL. He can get me ready for the next level and that's a really good thing."
The 2016 prospect said it's been rather slow with other teams but offers have steadily been coming in the last few months.
Thompson has landed offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado State, UCLA, Washington State and Weber State. Plenty more could be on the way so the Pittsburg recruit is not rushing a thing.
"It's too early for all favorites," Thompson said. "I'm just keeping my options open."