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Shaq Thompson reeling after Lupoi news

1/16/2012

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.”

Thompson said he's close with not only Lupoi at UW, he also has a solid relationship with new Huskies DC Justin Wilcox.

“Coach Wilcox recruited my brother Syd to Cal and he has been close with me and my family ever since,” Thompson said. “That was years ago but we’re still close with him, so UW has a lot going for them. That was my second choice after Cal and I like them a lot right now. Like I said, I’m just really confused and have no idea what’s going to happen.”

Thompson was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to UCLA this coming weekend, and Bruins DB Coach Demetrice Martin was hoping to set up a home visit this week as well.

“I want to visit UCLA but it’s up to my coach, because he’s the one that has to drive me,” Thomson said. “Coach Martin called me and is trying to set something up so we’ll see what happens. I’m not going to rule anyone out, but right now Cal and UW are the main schools I’m focusing on.”