Safety prospect stays disciplined

Shaq Thompson hopes to use football as a way out of gang-ridden neighborhood

Updated: January 6, 2012, 5:26 PM ET
By Damon Sayles | ESPN RecruitingNation

SAN ANTONIO -- Shaq Thompson would love for everyone to walk a mile in his shoes. Visit his neighborhood. See what he has seen.

Thompson isn't ashamed to say his North Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood is full of drama. There's violence. There's crime. There are drugs. There are even unsolved mysteries.

"There are a lot of gangs out there," Thompson said. "You've got Bloods, Crips, Mexican gangs, Samoan gangs ... there's a lot of commotion going on."

There's also football, and ...

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