Finally, a chance to hit the surf and to catch a football without an army of coaches critiquing every move.
Brett Thompson of Oak Ridge High School is spending the week in Oceanside and San Diego with friends and family. The setting is a far cry from an otherwise whirlwind summer in the meat-market world of football recruiting. Thompson is the area's No. 1 prep prospect, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver with standing scholarship offers from BYU and Nebraska. And there will likely be more to come, if Thompson's summer success and soaring reputation are any indication of his value.
The senior-to-be attended three Pacific-10 Conference camps in June. He ran routes and caught passes and turned heads at the Cal camp, the Oregon State camp and the UCLA camp. Each was a one-day affair. In short, for all the intrigue he has with BYU and Nebraska, the Pac-10 has his attention. And vice versa.
"I felt like I did really well at those camps," Thompson said this week by phone. "The coaches all told me that I graded out as one of the top two receivers for each camp. I felt good about that. It's been exciting."
- Joe Davidson
We will follow Thompson and the other regional recruits of note throughout the summer, fall and winter. The Bee will publish a story and the first list of 2008 prospects on Sunday on July 13. Keep us posted with prospects by e-mailing Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org