Getting to Know You: Chris Thompson

GatorCountry continues the offseason “Getting to Know You” series where we ask the members of the 2013 recruiting class questions in an effort to let the fans get to know each player a little better both on and off the field.

Today we spoke to Gainesville High School’s very own Chris Thompson.

Thompson was a two-sport star in high school, playing receiver for the football team while also running track in the spring. Thompson’s speed is what separates him from the other receivers in Florida’s class. It’s not just his top end speed but Thompson also has exceptional quickness, acceleration and agility.

Thompson is a little undersized at 5’11” 170-pounds and will need to put on weight in order to be able to block at the next level. Sometimes receivers whose main asset is their speed don’t want to bulk up for the fear of losing a step. If that is his mentality than Thompson will need to change it if he is going to make an impact on the football team.

Thompson can absolutely become a speedster who can stretch the field in the vertical passing game and has the potential to develop into a nice playmaker for the Gators.

Q1: Why did you choose Florida?

Chris Thompson: Because it’s close to home, in-state, close to my mom, my mom will be able to go to all the home games, she won’t travel far. It’s just a place that felt like home.

Q2: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

CT: Probably being able to go on my official visit, talk to the coaches and be treated like family. It was after the season, so I just hung out with some of the players and coaches.

Q3: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

CT: I just like listening to music and talking to my brothers.

Q4: What is the highlight of your career so far? Is it from football or track?

CT: A little bit of both. Earlier in the season I had an injury but I came back for the playoffs and we went to the state championship. And in track I was just able to go out there and compete and go to the state track meet.

Q5: Orange or Blue?

CT: Blue

Q6: What number are you going to wear next year and is there any significance to why you chose it?

CT: I’m wearing number 85 next year. No significance, it was just available.

Q7: What NFL player do you model your game after or would compare yourself to?

CT: Chad Ochocinco.

Q8: If you could date one celebrity who would it be?

CT: Beyoncé.

Q9: Who are your favorite pro sports team?

CT: The Falcons and the Lakers.

Q10: Xbox or PlayStation?

CT: PlayStation.

Q11: If you won the lottery what would be the first thing that you would buy?

CT: My momma a house.

Q12: What’s on your iPod before a game?

CT: Young Jeezy.

Q13: Who’s your favorite NFL player?

CT: Julio Jones.

Q14: LeBron or Kobe?

CT: Kobe.

Q15: Who is your favorite former Gator and why?

CT: Tim Tebow because of the way he carries himself.

Q16: If you couldn’t play football or run track what sport would you play?

CT: I’d play basketball.

Q17: What’s your favorite T.V. show?

CT: Family Guy

Q18: What’s your favorite movie? Sports and non-sports related.

CT: Any Given Sunday and Life.

Q19: What’s one thing about you that most Gator fans wouldn’t know?

CT: I’m funny.

Q20: Would you rather catch a touchdown or win a race in the 100 meters?

CT: [without a second though] Catch a touchdown.




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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC