Alabama Crimson Tide: Deionte Thompson

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HOUSTON -- On-again, off-again rain couldn’t put a damper on the Houston Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday, and three athletes -- safety Deionte Thompson, tight end Jordan Davis and offensive tackle Jerry Tillery -- earned golden tickets to compete at The Opening this summer in Oregon.

Seven players left The Kinkaid School practice facility with MVP honors at their respective positions: Skyler Bonneau (quarterbacks), Remus Bulmer (running backs), Gary Haynes (wide receivers), Erik McCoy (offensive linemen), Nikolas Daniels (defensive linemen), Spencer Choka (linebackers) and Deontay Anderson (defensive backs).

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SAN ANTONIO -- The day before the U.S. Army All-American Bowl featured several athletes who could be playing in the 2015 rendition of the game. The U.S. Army National Combine took place Friday, and several ESPN Junior 300 athletes, as well as rising 2015 and 2016 standouts, gave the Alamodome crowd a small taste of what to expect throughout the spring circuit of various camps and combines.


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SEC recruiting storylines: Nov. 7 

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It’s been a busy week in recruiting in the SEC already, but the beginning of the week is only the start with two announcements Friday that could impact SEC recruiting class, and the annual LSU-Alabama showdown that draws almost as many top prospects as a postseason all-star game.


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#AskLoogs: Projecting Tide in 2015

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The recruiting calendar just seems to become more and more accelerated, and that means coaching staffs must internally evaluate their current numbers, depth and talent level projecting at least two years out. At Alabama, perhaps as much or more than any other program in college football right now, this also means they must prepare for early departures to the NFL, which can sneak up on you and leave you with unexpected holes if you don’t prepare in advance. As it stands right now, Alabama has five verbal commitments, all of which are in the ESPN Junior 300. At quarterback they are adding more youth and depth to enhance competition at the position, considering they do not yet know who will succeed AJ McCarron. They got one of the two best West Coast QBs in Ricky Town out of California. Right now it might look like Alabama is stocked at running back, but if history tells us anything, those guys are three-and-out NFL draft choices, which is why RB DeSherrius Flowers is a must in-state take and a nice fit for the power run game — a blend between Mark Ingram and T.J. Yeldon. DE Mekhi Brown has a Barkevious Mingo feel to him. Mingo was about 185 pounds out of high school as an explosive edge rusher, and Brown is built in a similar mold, but is likely to play in the role currently occupied by Adrian Hubbard. OG Dallas Warmack (should be a familiar name to Bama fans) and S Deionte Thompson round out this early crop. To be honest, the earlier you gain commits, the more you have to project and the bigger the risk. This is why Alabama has traditionally avoided a high volume of underclassman commits, unless they can get them in camp early on.
RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban made a trip to ESPN headquarters Monday, but he made a point to get back and visit with ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta/Mays), who was in town for a visit. Warmack, whose brother, Chance, was an All-American for the Tide last year, was a priority for Alabama.

It was a good thing the UA coach made it back in time because the younger Warmack committed before he left town. However, it wasn’t Saban who sealed the deal. It was new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPNDallas Warmack will follow his brother, Chance, to Alabama.
“I visited Alabama today and met with Coach Cristobal,” Warmack said. “He showed me the schemes they run and how it would fit with me. I was already in love with Alabama. I just had to check out Coach Cristobal, and I fell in love with everything he was doing there.

"I already knew about Coach Saban, the team. I saw the new facilities for the first time, and I loved it. They have a room just for the offensive line. It was a huge room and had all the All-Americans that went there. I fell in love with it.”

If it’s not already, Chance Warmack’s name will be on that wall. Although Dallas says he didn’t choose Alabama because of his older brother, it still had an impact on his decision.

“I’ve always loved Alabama,” Dallas said. “I’ve been going there since I was 10, so I guess it made a big difference.”

Even with all trips to Tuscaloosa and memories of Alabama, Dallas says his favorite memory came Monday when he gave his verbal commitment to Saban with his family by his side. He hadn’t talked to his brother yet, but he planned to call him on the way back to Atlanta.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound offensive lineman becomes the Tide’s fourth commitment for 2015, joining fellow ESPN Junior 300 stars Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver), DeSherrius Flowers (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) and Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark).

Warmack had offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, but he doesn’t plan to take to any visits to other schools.

“I’m done. I’m committed,” he said. “I wanted to commit before my junior season because I wanted to focus on my high school team. It also had to do with making a relationship with my coaching staff in the two years before I go there. And they said they’re going to honor my scholarship even if I get hurt.”

2015 ESPN 300 targets: Alabama 

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It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2015 class. The University of Alabama already has three commitments and could add another by the end of the week. With the Tuesday’s debut of the 2015 ESPN 300 rankings, we take a look at the Crimson Tide’s top 10 targets for 2015.

1. DT Daron Payne (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley)
6-foot-3, 318 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 30

The word got out quickly on Payne. In May, the ESPN 300 defensive lineman picked up his first offer, and in little over a week he already had six offers, including both major in-state programs, Alabama and Auburn. This summer, he moved to the top of the Tide’s board with a dominant performance at their OL/DL camp. Many believed he was the top lineman in attendance regardless of class. The rising junior is the top player in the state for 2015.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The defending national champions are preparing to host their final camp of the summer next week, and some of the top 2014 and 2015 prospects nationally are expected to descend on the University of Alabama. The camp runs Sunday through Wednesday.

Here are five storylines to watch as the Crimson Tide's camp plays out.

Addressing the OL


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HOUSTON — Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson made the journey to Tully Stadium on Sunday afternoon in hopes of getting some work in at the McMurry University/University of Oklahoma satellite camp.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) doesn’t feel any pressure when it comes to recruiting right now. And why should he?

The 2015 safety has been committed to Alabama since February. He’s perfectly content with that pledge. Recruiters aren’t backing off, but that doesn’t bother Thompson.


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2015 Bama commit talks A-Day, more 

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Deionte Thompson's last visit to Alabama was a memorable one. And though it's hard to top that day, when the Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark 2015 safety committed to the Crimson Tide, he had a pretty fun time when he returned to Tuscaloosa, Ala., recently for A-Day.

He even brought along a friend, fellow Southeast Texas defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) an ESPN 150 prospect.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNTexas and Texas A&M have been pursuing Alabama commit Deionte Thompson.
"It was great," said Thompson, who competed in the Texas Class 3A Region III track and field championships with his West Orange-Stark teammates over the weekend. "Tony Brown came with me. We talked to a lot of other recruits, two of the other commits from the Class of 2015. We watched the game, saw some stuff where they need to improve on and what they're good at, so it was a great time going out there and having fun."

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ESPN 150 CB Brown talks recent visits 

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In the few times he has found reprieve from his busy track season, ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown has managed to get out of town for two big spring game visits.

Things are moving so fast, though, that Brown has had little time to sit down and think things through. His grand plan is being made up on the fly right now.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban doesn’t like taking early commitments, especially now with the run Alabama has been on recently, but when the right player comes along, the Crimson Tide head coach will make an exception.


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Texas schools chase Bama 2015 pledge 

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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.


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Mekhi Brown
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com2015 defensive end Mekhi Brown committed to Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama has just three 2014 commitments to date, but the Crimson Tide are off to a fast start in 2015.

On Saturday, sophomore defensive end Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver) committed to Alabama while on his visit to Tuscaloosa. He already had over 10 offers, including the likes of Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

"Basically, it’s a win-win situation," Brown said. "You can’t go wrong with it. They’re the best in academics, best in football, sports. It’s a great school overall."

On his visit to UA, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Brown took in the Tide’s first scrimmage of the spring. He says he’ll likely fill a similar role to Adrian Hubbard, who plays both the Jack and Sam linebacker positions.

"They said I’m very athletic," Brown said. "They said I can get after the quarterback and rush a little bit, and that’s what they want. They want a long, agile outside linebacker."

Brown joins fellow 2015 commitment Deionte Thompson, who chose Alabama at the Tide’s junior day in February.

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