Quarterback Josh Thompson led the Colony Titans to a CIF championship last year. Making the feat even more impressive was that he did it only a week removed from returning from a broken collarbone that sideline him a month.
One would think that would help land the attention from major colleges. Well that hasn’t exactly been the case.
Colony coach Steve Randall chalks that up to Thompson’s size. He’s 6-foot, 180 pounds. Thompson has all the physical attributes that go into making a good quarterback as well as other intangibles such as composure and toughness but nowadays they’re looking for physical stature as much of more than anything else.
“It’s all about passing the eye test,” Randall said. “I don’t understand it because he’s a batter quarterback than some of the guys that are getting all the attention.”
Thompson probably needed a good senior season to help draw more attention. Randall says his star player has been every bit at solid as in years past. It just doesn’t look like it on paper.
He threw for 4,465 yards with 37 touchdowns and 9 interceptions the previous two seasons. He is at 1,326 so far this season.
The problem – Colony’s schedule.
The Titans played a difficult schedule, with the first four games against elite teams in Southern California. The Titans were 2-3 over the first five games and four had running clock so Thompson’s stats were modest.
Then the Titans started league play with a 41-7 win over Montclair and a 46-0 thrashing of Ontario. He didn’t have great numbers in those games either because those were running clock too and Randall pulled back the reigns on the passing game so as not to run up the score. He didn’t have overwhelming numbers there to balance out the tougher games.
Thompson is also a good student and thought of highly by his teachers and peers so a college would be getting an athlete with great character as well.
Colony is also running a different offense, one that Randall was hoping would play in Thompson’s favor.
“He’s running the ball a little more and we’re doing some read option,” he said. “We thought that would show his versatility and that might help him. We’ll see. I really hope someone gives him a chance, They wouldn’t be sorry.”