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Monday, April 8, 2013
Texas schools chase Bama 2015 pledge

By Sam Khan Jr.

ALLEN, Texas -- The last couple of month have been memorable for Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark 2015 safety Deionte Thompson.

In February, Thompson attended an Alabama junior day, received an offer from head coach Nick Saban and promptly committed.

In recent weeks, the 6-foot-3, 172-pound prospect visited two other schools -- Texas and Texas A&M -- and picked up offers from both. On Sunday, he made the trek to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp.

Needless to say, things have been busy.

"I've been getting a lot of calls, a lot of mail and stuff," Thompson said. "A lot of people have been telling me to stay humble, stay the person that I am, keep working hard. I just want to keep working hard and stay at the top."

Before competing at the NFTC on Sunday, Thompson attended Texas A&M's "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage. It was while there that he picked up an offer from head coach Kevin Sumlin and it was an experience that he enjoyed.

"It was great," Thompson said. "The environment out there and all the fans that were out there, it was just excellent."

Thompson was also impressed by Sumlin.

"He's a great coach," Thompson said. "He's like on our level. He knows what we like to do and stuff and he coaches at a high level."

Thompson said the Aggies coaches made their message to him clear.

"They were just telling me how much they wanted me and it made me feel great, knowing that they're in the SEC now and that they're one of the big-time programs and they want me to go play football for them," Thompson said. "It's a great feeling."

Thompson said he grew up as a Texas fan, so getting an offer from the Longhorns while attending their spring game was "great" as well. But despite the two well-received trips to the Lone Star State's most recognizable programs, Thompson said he's still solid with the Crimson Tide.

The reputation Saban has for his work with defensive backs is something Thompson holds in high regard.

"Just knowing that Coach Saban takes the time out to work with his defensive backs more than any position there ... it just feels great and I feel like I made the right decision," he said.

Also, he only has one more trip set in stone for the near future: one back to Alabama. He said he'll attend the Crimson Tide's spring game then turn his focus to West Orange-Stark's spring football and put the recruiting process on the backburner.

"I'm going to put my recruiting to the side," Thompson said. "I want to focus mainly on my grades this upcoming football season so we'll see how everything goes after that."