Take a deep breath, Husky Nation; Shaq Thompson still plans on playing at your school this fall, and for at least a couple other seasons beyond 2012 for good measure.
At least for now that’s the plan.
On signing day this past February, the five-star safety officially became the highest-rated member of a Washington recruiting class that finished the latest cycle ranked as the No. 21 group in the country.
Earlier this month, Thompson, a two-sport star coming out of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant High School, was selected in the 18th round of the Major League baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. According to the Sacramento Bee, Thompson signed a contract with the Sox on Friday and will report to the club’s Florida spring training facility this weekend.
Following a series of workouts, Thompson will then join the Sox’s Rookie Level Gulf Coast League entry.
In early August, however, and despite the fact that the GCL Red Sox’s season runs through Aug. 25, Thompson is expected to report to the Huskies when they begin camp.
(Tip O’ the Cap: the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta)
(Photo credit: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)