Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson became Alabama’s first commitment in the class of 2015 on February 23 while attending a junior day in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama 2015 S commitment Deionte Thompson will be in Austin this weekend.
That pledge hasn’t stopped other programs from pursuing the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, who has two visits to in-state schools scheduled for the coming weeks.
“I haven’t visited anywhere since I committed to Alabama, but I’m going to Texas this weekend and A&M’s spring game in two weeks. I’m just going to go there and have fun, take in the sights, and see what they have to offer.Coach Bo Davis is recruiting me for Texas and we talk quite often. We were talking about what to expect on the visit this weekend,” said Thompson.
Texas rarely offered rising juniors in the past under head coach Mack Brown, but the Longhorns have recently changed their tune, as evidenced by a number of 2015 tenders going out in the last few weeks. Thompson says that while he would like to add an offer from the in-state program, he doesn’t foresee a change in his recruitment should that occur.
“It would be great for them to offer me, but I don’t think it would change my commitment any because I feel comfortable with Alabama right now. It was kind of crazy when I committed, because it happened so fast. I feel pretty good with my decision, though.”
Thompson plans to be back at the Capstone in April for A-Day following the trips to Austin and College Station.
“I’ll be going back to Alabama for the spring game. I’ve been talking to Coach (Burton) Burns. He’s been telling me to stay focused. Now that I’m committed to Bama, he wants me to work harder than I was before, just to prove to everybody that I belong in this spot.”
The Crimson Tide had just one 2014 pledge at the time of Thompson’s commitment to Alabama as a result of being more selective in the recruiting process. The Lone Star State standout says he feels a sense of pride knowing that he was able to land an offer and commit to the defending national champs.
“It felt good, just knowing that they were looking at me and were offering me. It was just great. I felt as though I had a chip on my shoulder coming off this season. I thought I should’ve played varsity football my freshman year, but I guess it didn’t work out that way. I went out and played all-out last year and God blessed me with that offer."
The Golden Triangle area resident is looking forward to getting back on the field this spring and continuing to progress at his free safety spot.
“Last year was my first year playing free safety. I played corner and strong safety before that, but I was always down in the box. I’ve been in the weight room quite a bit. I need to get stronger and bigger. I’ve been going in there, working day in and day out, and giving it my all.”
Thompson recorded 55 tackles and 6 interceptions as a sophomore, helping West Orange-Stark to a 13-1 record and quarterfinals appearance in the state playoffs.