Nation's elite after Bama commits

Alabama has locked down a pair of potentially elite class of 2015 defensive talents in commitments Mekhi Brown and Deionte Thompson. Each has been adamant about the school publicly and privately, but it hasn't stopped several national powers from courting each at this point of the process.

Mekhi Brown and Deionte Thompson are in the same boat in many regards.

Each is a rising junior, with the pressure of high school seniors because of both their importance to their high school teams and because of the time it takes to constantly deal with other programs despite being verbally committed to Alabama.

The two have grown close since pledging crimson this spring despite the negativity sometimes surrounding them after making early decisions.

"Me and Deionte talk every other week," said Brown, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound defensive end from Columbus (Ga.) Carver High. "He's a cool guy and can play ball. We talk about our high school teams, and what could happen when we enroll at Bama."

Recruiting is sometimes brought up as well.

"I've talked to Daylon Mack and Rico McGraw," said the Peach State pledge. "I think Rico will commit (to Alabama), and I think Daylon is weighing his options. I've heard Bama was on top for Rico."

Thompson is a bit more focused on his own duties right now, but he says the bond with Brown is growing at a quick pace after the two met in Tuscaloosa.

"He is a great guy and very cool," added the 6-foot-2, 175 pound defensive back from Orange (Tex.) West Orange-Stark High.

As one would imagine, each has dealt with regional powers pursuing them throughout the spring evaluation period with offers, visits and more.

"Louisville offered me," said Brown. "Auburn, North Carolina State, Clemson, Florida State and many more have been telling me they don't care if I'm committed, they're still coming after me hard.

"It means a lot to me, they don't have to recruit me, but they do."

Said Thompson, "Committed life is pretty good, but a lot of schools are coming at me hard. But I'm going to Bama. Texas and Texas A&M tell me that they're going to be recruiting me hard anyway.

Thompson, who plays three sports, has heard plenty from Texas and Texas A&M.

"I just tell them I'm committed to Bama."

Brown echoes the same, and sent out a tweet that created a positive stir in Alabama recruiting circles despite his youth.

"Being committed to a school and knowing you're not changing your mind is a great feeling! #RollTide," he posted on May 22.

"I'm loving it," he said with a laugh. "When you commit, you're supposed to commit because you feel perfectly good with the decision, so I have no regrets on committing early.

"And it's like a lot of people know that I committed, and it amazes me that many people pay attention to me."

Thompson remains on board solidly as well. He was the first to commit in the class of 2015, pulling the trigger soon after being offered at a junior day in February.

"It's a great environment for me and I feel that I can fit in great with the program," he said of the Tide. "Me and Coach [Burton] Burns talk every week."

While Brown will likely participate in some All-Star camps this summer, Thompson is focusing on the 7-on-7 circuit and his next season going forward. Neither has visit planned to a school other than Alabama at this time.

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