Don't think major college recruiters have blinders on when it comes to small schools or visiting isolated campuses in their quest for talent.
Case in point is Calipatria's 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back Cedric Thompson
, who signed his national letter of intent to play at the University of Minnesota.
Thompson is the first Imperial Valley League football player to earn a free ride to the Big 10 Conference.
"Since I was a kid I always wanted to play for the bigger colleges in the divisions like the Big Ten but I wasn't always sure I was going to make it." Thompson said. "When I got to Calipat as a sophomore I never thought I'd be able to make it but I worked hard and got better as a junior and a senior and with all the support I had behind me I was able to make it happen."
Thompson played running back and safety at Calipatria but he will be making the move to safety, at least for the first year at Minnesota, and he is ready for the challenges ahead of him.
"Before every high school game I prayed and went out and played for my team — not for college or myself, for my team — and I think that's going to help me over there." Thompson said. "I'm ready to play. I think it's going to take a lot more hard work but for me football is football and I'm just ready to play."
Other late signees include 6-foot-7, 290-pound Mount Miguel lineman Reggie Jones
(San Diego State) and Grossmont High quarterback DeSean Waters, who inked a pact with NCAA Division II Bemidji State (Minn.).