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Five-star says he's not a lock

CLOVIS, Calif.- If five-star safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) is a lock to Cal, he’s not saying publicly. The talented prospect talked about the current state of his recruitment prior to an organizational meeting for this week’s Cal State Game, a North vs. South All-Star game featuring top prospects from California.

Five-star Shaq Thompson will announce in less than three weeks.

Thompson is the brother of former Cal star Syd’Quan Thompson and was committed to the Golden Bears for a short time last spring.

“I would say don’t think that (I am definitely going to Cal),” Thompson said. “My brother and I are two different people. He went his way and I am going to just go my way. Cal is in the mix. I like the campus, the coaches are cool and the atmosphere is great. That’s really it.”

Washington, USC, Notre Dame and perhaps Oregon are the other programs Thompson is considering. The Ducks may be on the outside looking in based on location. Thompson has mentioned before that he would like to attend a school that is located in a city.

“I was born in the city, so I am just used to a city,” Thompson said.

Several of the top recruiters in the West are vying for Thompson’s services. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder mentioned UCLA assistant Demetrice Martin (who recruited Thompson when he was at Washington), Tosh Lupoi from Cal, Clay Helton from USC and Mike Denbrock Notre Dame as specific recruiters he has a good relationship with.

“It’s pretty much with everybody,” he said. 

Thompson was asked to comment specifically on Lupoi, who is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country.

“He just keeps it real,” Thompson said. “He’s honest with everybody and shows everybody the depth chart and where you will be at if you work hard. He’s just a great recruiter.”

In the end, Thompson says his decision, which will come on Jan. 7 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, will come down to one overriding factor.

“It’s just going to be where I feel most comfortable,” Thompson said.

While playing quarterback for his high school team this past season, Thompson had more than 1,056 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns and 836 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He was an All-State and All-CIF selection.

Thompson will play free safety in the five-star game this week, which will be on Friday.

“This week is going to be very busy,” he said. “It’s the NorCal and SoCal players, you know. I am really looking forward to this week and looking forward to competing against the best players in California. It’s hard to tell which part of the state has better talent right now, but I am from NorCal, so I am going to say NorCal. But you know, it all is determined at the end of the game. We will see who wins and that will determine who is better.”

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