A look at Shaq ThompsonLoading
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    Senior Night

    Shaq Thompson wears leis made of candy while being honored during Grant High School's Senior Night. The leis are but one sort of award Thompson has accumulated during his stellar prep career.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Player of the Year

    Thompson was chosen as The Bee's top prep football player for the 2011 season.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Man of purpose

    The look says a lot about Shaq Thompson, whose focus and commitment made him a great high school player, a game-changing safety on defense and a dangerous offensive threat as well.
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    And he has style

    Thompson's hair has contributed to his image as a charming guy off the field.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS
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    Hanging with mom

    Shaq Thompson joins his mother, Patty, during Senior Night festivities. Patty Thompson said she marvels at her son's calm demeanor before and during games.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Impact player

    Thompson's reputation as a hard hitter is based on plays such as this one.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Leading the way

    Thompson, left, and Tui Lopa escort Pedro Fair, hidden, following Fair's fumble recovery during a 2011 game.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Point-maker

    Thompson had a big game against Folsom last season, scoring three touchdowns, this one on an 11-yard run.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    All alone

    A singular talent, Thompson often found himself alone in the spotlight while making a big play.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Team leader

    Thompson carries the Pacers' flag alongside defensive coordinator Reggie Harris before a game. "I saw him play quarterback in sixth grade," Harris said. "He was a born leader, a star."
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Part of something special

    Thompson (1), flanked by Joseph Mailangi (45) and Semesi Paea (33) on another Grant team that has carried on the school's legacy of excellence.
    JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS | jvillegas@sacbee.com
Shaq Thompson, a Grant High School senior and one of the most hotly recruited prep football players in the country, is nearing a deadline to pick where he will attend college. Here are images of Thompson from his stellar prep career.
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