Shaq Thompson commits to Cal 

March, 6, 2011
With all his ties to Cal, it always seemed like only a matter of time before defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) pulled the trigger for the Bears. That time turned out to be Saturday during Cal's junior day.

"I'm a Bear," Thompson said. "I've always wanted to go to Cal ever since my brother Syd-Quan played there. I'm close to so many of the players and coaches and then when my boys from Grant last year, Tiny [Viliami Moala] and Puka [Lopa] signed with Cal, I knew I was next. We had made a pact that we would all stay home and play together and it feels great to get this out of the way now."

Thompson did a little of everything for Grant last year on both sides of the ball. He saw time at running back, receiver, safety, linebacker and corner and even punted for the Pacers, but was recruited to play safety for the Bears. He rushed for 1,882 yards and 25 touchdowns and also caught 18 passes for 345 yards and three more scores.