So why is Orange (Tex.) West Orange-Stark standout Deionte Thompson seemingly overlooked by Alabama fans?
It could be his status as one of the most solid commitments, as news of him visiting anywhere but Tuscaloosa is as rare as it gets, or it could be because he’s been pledged to Nick Saban and company for more than 20 months.
Either way, it’s very clear that Alabama’s head man is quite eager for the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder to get to campus.
“When we went to the Florida game (September 20), we really didn’t get a chance to talk to him until it was over. When it was over, he made his rounds and by the time he got to us, the first thing he said to us was not, ‘hello, how are you doing?’ He walked up to him and said, ‘I have three safeties leaving,’” Vester Thompson, Deionte’s father, said Thursday. “Those were the first words he said to him. He shook his hand, and when we heard him say that, it spoke volumes as to how genuine his interest in our son really was.
“Whenever we get the chance to talk to Coach Saban, the message is still clear. ‘We want you here, we need you here.’ That’s been his message from day one and over the course of time; it seems to never change.”
Thompson is one of six defensive backs currently committed to Alabama in the class of 2015, but Saban’s honesty about the need at the position with the family has them at ease with the Crimson Tide. “Shutting it down” was the term used to describe the current state of the four-star’s recruitment, as no other trips will be made.
Instead, the Thompson’s will look to return to Tuscaloosa for the Mississippi State game on November 15 and for the Iron Bowl two weeks later, which is also the likely official visit weekend for the family at this time.
Either way, working towards an early January enrollment is often the biggest topic of conversation in the household.
“He’s just focused on his goals, and his goal is pretty much, ‘I want to finish high school early.’ He will be the first in school history to finish early,” Vester Thompson said. “He wants to get to Alabama, he wants to get into the strength and conditioning program, one of the best in the country, to be able to contribute as soon as possible. That’s his focus, and we don’t have any issues keeping him on that focus.”
Thompson is currently tabbed as the No. 34 overall prospect, and the No. 2 safety projection, in the class of 2015 by Scout.