Colorado planned on signing 18 players to their 2013 recruiting class and the majority of the players in that class were already predetermined. However, national signing day provides plenty of surprises and Colorado was on the positive end of one on Wednesday.
Tedric Thompson, a safety from Valencia, CA, sent in his national letter of intent to become a part of Colorado’s 2013 class. Thompson chose CU over offers from Minnesota, Washington State, Fresno State and Hawaii. It was a surprise move by Thompson to decide on the Buffaloes but his visit to the campus really made an impression on him and it paid off for Mike MacIntyre and the Colorado program.
At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Thompson has the size to play outside linebacker, but his speed will translate better on the collegiate level at strong safety. What’s even more encouraging for Colorado is that his body frame supports the possibility of putting on more bulk and size.
One of the top attributes that Thompson possess is his ability to be a sure tackler, something that Colorado sorely lacked last season. His talent at the back end of the defense should be a welcome addition to a secondary that has struggled to compete in the pass-heavy Pac 12. The secondary also has some openings for Thompson to compete right away for some playing time with the departure of Ray Polk.
New head coach Mike MacIntyre has plenty of recruiting ties in the state of California from his days at San Jose State and they’re already paying off for the Buffaloes.