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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tide commit taking break from recruiting

By Max Olson

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.

In fact, he’s taking a break from it all. Starting this week, Thompson said his sole focus from now until December is his football team.

Deionte Thompson
Class of 2015 safety Deionte Thompson is being pursued by several schools, but he says he's solid with Alabama.
“I’m putting my recruiting to the side to worry about this upcoming football season and focusing on my grades, so I can leave early my senior year,” Thompson said. “I want to focus on football season and I really want to get a state ring before I leave. Me focusing on that and putting my recruiting to the side is the best idea for me.”

A 6-foot-2, 173-pound safety with offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Utah, Thompson was back on the Longhorns’ campus last weekend for the second time this spring. He’d attended the Orange-White spring game and returned to compete in the state track meet.

Thompson ran in West Orange-Stark’s fifth-place 4x400 team on Saturday night. He got back into spring football practices on Monday and said going forward, that’s all he cares about.

Alabama, LSU and Texas are all expected to visit the school in the next two weeks to check in on Thompson. Coaches from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have already visit the school.

He’s fine with talking to those recruiters. That’s part of the deal. But don’t expect Thompson to be doing many interviews or discussing his recruiting plans. He doesn’t want the distraction.

“I don’t want to deal with it until the end of football season in December,” he said. “It’s going to be tough. I know I’m going to receive a lot of calls and stuff, but I’ll do my best to ignore it and just focus on football and my grades.”

Thompson is still keeping in touch with the Tide coaching staff on a weekly basis and said everything is going well on that front. He’ll be back in Tuscaloosa for camp this summer, and Thompson said he will “most likely” attend a Texas camp in June.

The sophomore stopped by the Longhorns football facilities while in town for track and said he had a good time catching up with secondary coach Duane Akina.

“It went pretty good,” Thompson said. “It’s a great environment, great facilities, great coaches. Austin is just great. Texas is great. It’s just a great environment.”

Thompson had a feeling that when he committed to Alabama on Feb. 23, he’d garner significant interest from rival recruiters this spring. He knew a commitment -- especially so early on in his high school career -- might only make his recruiting process more stressful.

So far, he’s proud of how he’s handled himself. He’s solid with the Tide. He doesn’t need the extra attention.

“I knew it was coming. A lot of people told me it was coming,” Thompson said. “I was prepared for it. Nothing has really got to me. I’m good.”