Shaq Thompson reeling after Lupoi news 

January, 16, 2012
Defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) committed to Cal officially at the U.S Army All-American Bowl, but the truth is he had been a silent commit to the Bears for months. With the news Monday morning that Cal DL coach Tosh Lupoi is leaving for Washington, Thompson said his recruitment is now totally up in the air.

“I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” Thompson said. “I know this is a business and everyone has to do what’s best for them, but this one still hurts. I’ve known Tosh forever. He has been recruiting me for the last three years and, even though he won’t be my position coach, he’s a big reason I got interested in Cal in the first place.

“He came in for a home visit last night and told me he was thinking about taking the UW job and wasn’t sure what he was going to do. I had heard the rumors for the last week but thought there was no way he was going to leave. Then he called me this morning and said UW gave him an offer that he couldn’t refuse and he was leaving. He asked if I would be interested in looking at Washington and said he wants to come back and visit me next week.”