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Thursday, March 14, 2013
2015 Bama commit will take spring visits

By Max Olson

When Deionte Thompson made his verbal commitment to Alabama on Feb. 23, he knew what would come next.

After all, it’s not too often a kid from Texas receives his very first offer from the Crimson Tide. The West Orange-Stark standout anticipated his pledge would only lead to more serious interest from big-time programs, and he was right.

Deionte Thompson
Alabama commit Deionte Thompson will visit Texas and Texas A&M this spring.
“They’ve picked up a lot,” Thompson said. “I know Texas and Texas A&M are on me pretty hard.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound safety prospect said he committed during his Alabama visit because Nick Saban made the place feel like home. Still, that’s not going to stop Thompson from checking out schools closer to his home. First up is Texas.

“I’ll be at their spring game, because I’m going down there the same week as Texas Relays,” he said.

Thompson has been in touch with recruiter Bo Davis and has always been a big fan of the Longhorns. Seeing two other West Orange-Stark defensive backs thrive in Austin was a big reason.

“Texas was always my dream school growing up with Earl Thomas and Deon Beasley. I’ve always known it was a great school,” he said. “When Vince Young won a national championship, that’s when I became a big Texas fan. I grew up watching Jamaal Charles, and just to see him get that national attention was big.”

Now Texas is back in the Golden Triangle and trying to flip one of the state’s most touted sophomore prospects.

Thompson said even though he’s committed he wants to explore all his options. He plans to do so this spring and summer, and he'll attend Texas A&M’s junior day April 13. The Aggies are recruiting him as a receiver/defensive back athlete.

A few weeks have passed, but Thompson still has a hard time believing he’s already a Crimson Tide commit. He never expected it and didn’t think his recruiting process would start up for another year.

“I really don’t know why they offered,” he said. “I don’t know. I think it was the sophomore season I had. It was a big season for me. I had a chip on my shoulder. I played [junior varsity] my freshman year, and there were guys I knew weren’t better than me who got placed on varsity.

“I don’t know. I guess I haven’t grasped the feeling yet of getting all this attention.”

Thompson should get used to it. After racking up 55 tackles and six interceptions in 2012, he’s in for a lot more attention in these next few years.