A home visit by UC Davis football coach Dan Hawkins was more than enough for Trent Tompkins.
Central High’s senior quarterback told Hawkins and his son, Aggies wide receivers coach Cody Hawkins, that he’ll continue his playing career at UC Davis.
“I love Coach Hawkins, Coach (offensive coordinator Tim) Plough,” Tompkins said. “I love it over there. I had a great time on my visit on Saturday. I had an absolutely great time. The school is beautiful and the education is amazing. It’s just a lot of great things going on.”
Tompkins said he’s “excited for the future” and he’ll be watching the Aggies closely Saturday when they visit Eastern Washington in an NCAA Football Championship (formerly Division I-AA) quarterfinal.
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First, Tompkins has business to attend to Friday night, when the Grizzlies (13-0) face Folsom (12-1) for the CIF Northern California Division 1-AA championship. The game, a rematch from last year’s NorCal final, is at 7:30 p.m. at Central’s Deran Koligian Stadium.
Tompkins set numerous records in the Central Section, as indicated by section historian Bob Barnett:
▪ Most yards in a single season (4,519).
▪ Most touchdowns (60).
▪ Most combined passing and rushing yards in a season (5,440 yards).
▪ Most touchdowns accounted for (passing and rushing) in a season with 67.
▪ Most yards passing and running in a career with 11,261 passing and 1,732 rushing for 12,993 combined.
Tompkins also set school records for yards in a game (451), attempts in a season (382), completions in a season (247), attempts in a game (45) and touchdowns in a game (eight). He is second in completions in a game with 27.
“Central prepared me tremendously,” Tompkins said. “The offense that Coach (Kyle) Biggs has here just put a lot on my shoulders. I’m very grateful that I got all this stuff. I can apply what I’ve learned throughout the years at Central. It’s a great place. It’s really prepared me for the future.”
Tompkins held offers from UC Davis, Nevada, Brown and St. Francis-Pennsylvia. Bigger programs might’ve shied away because of his size, 5 feet 11 inches.
That’s OK, Tompkins said because, “I carry a chip on my shoulder.”
“I’m definitely at peace,” he said. “I’m just thankful for the UC Davis staff for believing in me and believing in what I can do. There’s a good base there and a family atmosphere. I definitely carry a chip on my shoulder, just because that’s how I play … play aggressive and angry. That’s how I’ve been playing my whole life. I’m thankful UC Davis gave me a shot.”