Tuesday Sep 02 2008
Thompson accepts scholarship
By: Matt Long
Oak Ridge senior receiver headed to Brigham Young
Oak Ridge High senior wide receiver Brett Thompson is looking forward to this football season for more than one reason. Not only is he hoping for team success, but now that he’s accepted a full scholarship to attend Brigham Young University, the uncertainty of his future is now gone and he can fully enjoy his senior year. Thompson chose BYU over three other Division I schools which offered him a full scholarship, including UNLV, Air Force and Nebraska. The Cougars have been interested in Thompson for years, as they offered him a scholarship when he was a sophomore. “I’ve been there before and checked out the campus, and I got a good feeling when I was there,” Thompson said. “I didn’t commit right away because I wanted to go through the recruiting process, but I knew I wanted to go to BYU, so I figured I wouldn’t waste anyone else’s time or my own time and accepted the scholarship.” Thompson, 17, first visited the school when he was a sophomore and went to a game and was hooked then. “It’s a super-nice atmosphere and the coaching staff is great,” Thompson said. “At first I was thinking if I accepted too early that I’d worry about whether I should have waited longer, but I haven’t had any of those thoughts and I’m still super-excited about my decision. It feels right.” At 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 210 pounds, Thompson’s size, skill and talent is what attracted college recruiters to him. Not only is Thompson big, but he also can move too. “The size for my position is key,” Thompson said. “A lot of receivers my size are possession-type receivers, who go down soon after the catch. I can get yards after the catch and that’s hard to do, but I do it pretty well.” Thompson doesn’t have blazing speed, but runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and can get up after the ball with a vertical leap of 32 inches. His coach at Oak Ridge, Eric Cavaliere, is thrilled for his star player. “I think it’s awesome that he accepted BYU’s scholarship,” Cavaliere said. “I know how much they like Brett and vice/versa. It’s a good situation for everybody and I think it’s a perfect fit.” Thompson is now focused on his final season of high school football. “All teams want to win that section championship and that’s what we’re striving for,” Thompson said. “We’re going to take every game one at a time and try to get better every day.” Thompson said his personal goal is to be a first-team All-Metro Player and be the Player of the Year.