PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball in the second half against Antonio Fenelus #26 of the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Shaq Thompson hasn't decommitted from Cal, but he's certainly interested in finding out about other programs.
Shaq Thompson is one of the best recruits in the country. The 6'1", 210-pound safety prospect out of California is currently committed to the Cal Golden Bears. But the Cal commitment took the recent departure of Cal's defensive line coach to Washington very hard. And many wonder if Thompson will stick with his commitment to Cal.
One thing is for sure, Thompson is not unwilling to listen to pitches from other schools. In fact, he reached out to former Oregon running back LaMicheal James last night on Twitter. Thompson asked him questions about academics, future career choices, the area in general and Chip Kelly. Here are James' responses to him, courtesy of Oregon live.
@ItsShaqThompson I was academic all conference and never had under a 2.9 gpa the jaqua is a really nice place for athletes trust me— LaMichael James (@LaMikeJames_) January 23, 2012
@ItsShaqThompson honestly great! Ima buy a house there ASAP!!!It's a place that will always be family and I think you'll have a huge impact— LaMichael James (@LaMikeJames_) January 23, 2012
"he's" by far the best/smartest coach I have ever been around I can't think of 1 person that's a close 2nd #Ducks— LaMichael James (@LaMikeJames_) January 23, 2012
Thompson has since deleted some of his tweets from last night, but James' responses remain.
Thompson has a top three of Cal, Oregon and Washington. Washington is an attractive choice for the five-star safety because of his relationship with coaches Tosh Lupoi and Justin Wilcox.
To discuss Shaq potentially going to Cal, head to the California Golden Blogs. To talk about the prospect of Shaq and Oregon, check out Addicted to Quack. To discuss Shaq and Washington, head to UW Dawg Pound. And for more on Pac-12 recruiting, head to Pacific Takes.