Thompson thinking about picking 'Bama

Alabama offered in-state linebacker Erroll Thompson on Thursday and his subsequent visit to town for A-Day nearly resulted in a verbal commitment. He explains inside.

Alabama offered on Thursday, which was when Florence (Ala.) linebacker Erroll Thompson admitted the Crimson Tide was on top for his services, and the upcoming trip was just 48 hours away.

Despite thinking and talking about it for most of Saturday, A-Day came and went without the three-star being added to UA's class of 2016 commitment list.

"I have thought about it, it was pretty hard to not to commit," he said with a laugh. "A few (Alabama) recruits have been recruiting me, like T.J. Simmons, Anfernee (Jennings), Shawn-D (Jennings), his little bro and Mekhi (Brown.)."

The younger Jennings, a fellow three-star from Dadeville (Ala.) isn't committed to Alabama, either, but both nearly jumped on board.

"He's not," Thompson said. "But we've talked about it though."

While he did not pull the trigger for 'Bama, the program remains ahead of others in the race for Thompson, he says. The trip included time with fans, a meeting with Nick Saban and more.

"The atmosphere of everybody stood out, the fans were great," he said. "Surprisingly, they knew who I was. They were just saying, 'nothing gets better than this.' It was about 10 people.

"The meeting with Saban went really good! He was really fired up and excited to talk to me. Kirby (Smart) was just saying I could play both linebacker spots depending on my size when I get there and how me and (fellow in-state linebacker prospect) Ben Davis could go perfect together."

Davis, the No. 38 overall prospect in the class of 2016, and Thompson have grown closer on recent trips to Tuscaloosa.

"We were together about the whole day, we're cool," he said, before being asked to compare on-field talents. "He's a heck of a player, so I can't really compare (laughing). He's about two inches taller than me though."

Overall, Thompson calls his A-Day experience a success and he hasn't ruled out making a decision in the near future.

Visiting for the first time with the Alabama offer on his growing list, the rising-senior admits it's a different experience.

"It makes the visit worth more," he said. "The coaches are always pumped up talking to you and showing you love. So, it's better."


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