LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies makes a point with a referee during the game with the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 40-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Shaq Thompson Commits To Washington, Flips From Cal

Cal tried to keep Shaq Thompson committed, but the highly-touted safety has flipped to Washington.

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Shaq Thompson Commits To Washington, Drops Cal

Another major blow to Cal's recruiting class.


Shaq Thompson Commits To Washington Over Cal

Shaq Thompson, one of the nation's most-coveted safeties in the class of 2012, has committed to Washington, he announced on Twitter. Thompson's move comes after having been a Cal commit for most of the month of January.

Thompson committed to Cal on January 7 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but the defection of defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi from Cal to Washington left Thompson with second thoughts, and he had also flirted with Oregon in recent days. Thompson told the Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson that his ties with Lupoi factored into his decision.

Thompson is regarded as a prototypical safety prospect in the mold of physical hitters like USC's Taylor Mays and Troy Polamalu, and Florida State's Karlos Williams, and could have an impact from his first game with the Huskies. This news likely pleased Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, known for announcing commitments slyly on Twitter; he tweeted some unintelligible gibberish and his customary "WOOOOOOOF!" moments after Thompson announced his commitment.

For more on Thompson and his impact on college football recruiting, visit Washington blog UW Dawg Pound and Cal blog California Golden Blogs.


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Can Cal Keep Shaq Thompson From Washington?

Shaq Thompson is the top safety recruit in the country and a recent Cal commitment. And the Cal commitment is taking the news pretty hard that Cal's top recruiter, Tosh Lupoi, just bolted for Washington. "I have A lot of thinking to do," and "It's a business.. My family told me and have to do what's best for me," tweeted Thompson.

West Coast reporters have reached out to Thompson, and it's safe to say he is anything but solid in his commitment to Cal. Here are some of the reactions from the five-star safety recruit.

Thompson told Tara Turnure of Fox Sports:

Just got off the phone with 5-star S Shaq Thompson, who says he is now torn,"I am 50-50 between #Cal and #Washington."

And this from Greg Biggins of ESPN:

Interesting talk with Shaq T, he's very close with Tosh but said he's even closer with Wilcox, that's who recruited his brother Syd to Cal. ... Shaq also said he talked with Tosh last night and at that time, he still hadn't decided to take the job yet, made the decision this morning.

Wilcox, of course, being Washington's new defensive coordinator.

Thompson is not an early enrollee and could stretch his decision out until National Signing Day (February 1st) or later.


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