A look at Shaq Thompson
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.
Player of the Year
Thompson was chosen as The Bee's top prep football player for the 2011 season.
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.
And he has style
Thompson's hair has contributed to his image as a charming guy off the field.
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.
Thompson's reputation as a hard hitter is based on plays such as this one.
Leading the way
Thompson, left, and Tui Lopa escort Pedro Fair, hidden, following Fair's fumble recovery during a 2011 game.
Thompson had a big game against Folsom last season, scoring three touchdowns, this one on an 11-yard run.
A singular talent, Thompson often found himself alone in the spotlight while making a big play.
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."
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.
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.