Tuesday, April 30, 2013
2015 Bama commit talks A-Day, more
By Sam Khan Jr.
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.
Texas 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."
The atmosphere at Bryant-Denny Stadium is something that really stood out to Thompson, who committed to Alabama on Feb. 23.
"There were so many people there," Thompson said. "I went to Texas' spring game and [Alabama's] had twice the people there. It was just a great time, the crowd loved the game, everybody loved it."
While on his visit he had a chance to visit with head coach Nick Saban, running backs coach Burton Burns and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
"They were just telling me that they can use me in a couple years and that they're going to be low at the safety spot, so I can come right in and get a fair share of playing time," Thompson said.
Other schools are continuing their pursuit of Thompson. Texas and Texas A&M are among the schools that are continuing to recruit him and he has visited each school this spring. Utah offered him on Monday evening.
"Coach [Bo] Davis at Texas has been on me pretty hard," Thompson said. "I talk to him a lot. And Coach [Terry] Price at Texas A&M, he's been hitting me up."
For Thompson, track season is wrapping up so he's ready to turn his attention back to football. He said he's ready to get back in the weight room and get bigger and faster. As for his future plans, he said he definitely wants to hit some college camps.
"Texas and Alabama, for sure," Thompson said. "And some other camps hopefully."