GHS wideout gives UF 21 commits for 2013

Gainesville High School player Chris Thompson (51) waits to run a drill during Friday Night Lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on July 27.

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Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.

Gainesville High School wide receiver Chris Thompson fulfilled his dream Monday when he verbally committed to the University of Florida.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder pulled the trigger immediately after being offered by UF coach Will Muschamp, who gained his fifth-consecutive commitment in as many days with Thompson's pledge.

“It feels so great,” said Thompson, who has lived in Gainesville all his life. “I've wanted to play for Florida since I was seven years old and I've been working toward it for a long time.”

Thompson's hard work paid off this past week when he competed in Friday Night Lights at Florida Field and put on an impressive performance in front of Muschamp & Co.

“I came out and showed them that I improved a lot since their summer camp,” Thompson said. “They liked how well I caught the ball and the way I ran routes. I made some big plays.”

One thing he didn't have to prove was his speed. Thompson ran a 4.37 at the FAU camp on June 18 and was a Sun first-team all-area selection in track & field (as well as football).

“I've always had speed,” said Thompson, who is rated a three-star recruit by ESPN. “I started running track when I was 10. It helps me stay fast on the football field and keeps me conditioned so I can play for an entire game. Speed is definitely my biggest strength and the coaches have always liked that about me.”

Florida's 2013 class now has 21 members and four receivers — Rodney Adams (Petersburg,Fla./Lakewood), Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver ) and Thompson. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent.

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