Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sophomore DB commits to Alabama
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On Saturday, the University of Alabama hosted a junior day, but the Crimson Tide’s lone commitment came from a sophomore defensive back.
Alabama was the first school to offer 2015 star Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark), and it didn’t take long for him to decide he was ready to commit to the Tide. He had early interest from Baylor, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M as well.
“The system they run at Alabama is just like what we run at West Orange, and it makes me feel like I’m at home,” Thompson said. “I just decided to take a shot at it. I wanted to commit, get that out of the way, so I could focus on getting a state championship before I leave high school.
“Also, just to have the head coach of the national championship team for two years in a row be your coach and help you on a day-to-day basis, it means a lot.”
Thompson and his family met with UA head coach Nick Saban in his office before lunch. It was easily one of the highlights of the trip, and he was so shocked, he didn’t even realize he had an offer until his cousin pulled him aside to tell him.
“It was one of the greatest moments of my life -- just to meet a guy who’s such a class act,” Thompson said. “I knew that he was a great coach, but the way he talked to me and broke it down, how school was going to go, I just feel great. I just feel like I was at home in Orange.”
In addition to his meeting with the Alabama head coach, Thompson and his family also got a full tour of the Tide’s campus and facilities. It was first ever visit to Tuscaloosa.
“It was a brilliant campus,” he said. “The facilities, the athletic rooms, the locker rooms, the field, just everything, it was great. My parents loved it. My uncles, my cousins and my brother loved it. And I loved it, too.”
On his visit, Thompson measured in at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. He’s projected to play safety at the next level, and he says his biggest strength is making plays.
“I’m a player that likes to take big risks,” he said. “I make plays by taking risks. I watch a lot of film, so I know where everything is going to go before it goes. Just having a good work ethic and staying in the film room, it got me a long way from my freshman to my sophomore year. I still have a lot of ways to get better, and I want to do that this offseason.”
Thompson was the lone commitment on Saturday. He was also the Tide’s first commitment for the 2015 class.