Thompson: UA is 'up there'

Alabama hosted a group of solid prospects for its first spring practice on Saturday, including in-state defensive back Jalen Thompson. Already a three-star prospect with considerable SEC offers to his name, will the Crimson Tide join the list?

Jalen Thompson has been among the top emerging prospects in the Yellowhammer state in the class of 2015, with considerable SEC and ACC offers to his name.

There is a notable pair that haven't yet pulled the trigger on the three-star out of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's High, two schools that signed one of his teammates in the 2014 cycle.

Alabama and Auburn.

The Tigers would be considered the favorites right now, perhaps having offered or not, but Thompson was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. He says the Crimson Tide staff is aware of his early lean elsewhere.

"They do know," he said.

Nonetheless, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder took his first trip to campus on Saturday and came away impressed with what he saw and what he was told.

"It's been great," Thompson said. "The staff said I'm one of the best corners in the state and they're very close to offering.

"The campus was great, and the academic rooms were great, also."

Nick Saban's staff likes plenty about the three-star on tape and will continue to evaluate him in the near future, including an in-person look at his talent on display this spring.

"I spent most of my time with Coach [Lance] Thompson," he said. "He likes my lock-down ability and the fact that I can just make the big plays."

Considering it was his first time in Tuscaloosa, Thompson took a lot in although he can compare the initial look to that at other programs he's taken in to this point.

"It's up there," he said.

Of course, an eventual scholarship offer from one of the top programs in the country wouldn't hurt his impression of Alabama, either.

"An offer would mean a whole lot, it would put them in my top five," he said.

Of the schools that offered, Thompson admitted that Florida was the one a bit ahead of the pack at this time. He's long wanted an Auburn offer, though a commitment isn't necessarily imminent once it is obtained.


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