This one was no surprise — safety Shaq Thompson of Grant HS in Sacramento confirmed what we already knew when he picked a Cal hat from the table on the sidelines of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
“We just all feel real comfortable there and we’re going to change the game,” Thompson said after joining WR Jordan Payton and DT Ellis McCarthy as Cal commits.
Thompson is the younger brother of ex-Cal star and NFL player Syd’Quan Thompson, and is rated the No. 1 defensive back prospect by Rivals.com. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson as the No. 7 overall prospect in the country.
Thompson made several big hits in the game, but also had a possible interception slide through his hands.
It’s a spectacular day for Cal recruiting. “It’s probably the best day somebody’s had in at least a couple years at the Army All-American Bowl,” Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said on NBC.
Still out there as potential Cal commits: DE Arik Armstead of Elk Grove and DT Aziz Shittu of Atwater, both consensus top-30 overall prospects.