Tennessee wide receiver offered by ASU

Brentwood Academy's Al Thompson doesn't know much about the Sun Devils yet, but is looking forward to learning more about the program that has stepped up their recruitment and extended a scholarship offer on Monday.

"I always liked the West Coast because my dad's family is from Los Angeles," said the 6-2 175 Al Thompson. "One my cousins knows Steve Broussard, the wide receivers coach at Arizona State, so he gave him some information about and that's how Arizona State started recruiting me.

"I really get along with coach Broussard and it's real cool that if I go there he will be my coach. If all the coaches there are like him I know I will get along with the coaching staff."

Brentwood Academy, located just outside Nashville plays in the state's 5A division and ended the 2010 campaign with a 10-3 record. Thompson paced the Eagles with six touchdown receptions and on a run-oriented offense he had 13 catches for 400 yards.

"I do a good job getting in and out and routes," Thompson commented. "People that watch my games say that I'm play very smooth. I'm quick on my routes but I could probably improve on my route breaks."

Thompson reported a 40-yard time of 4.55, a 4.12 shuttle time and a 38-inch vertical.

Throughout the recruiting process with the Sun Devils Thompson has been very intrigued with what he has learned so far about the maroon and gold.

"I know that they pass the ball a lot and I want to play for a pass-oriented team," Thompson said, "like a lot of other teams on the West Coast and the Pac-12. I really like that about Arizona State because if I go there I will get to play against Pac-12 competition.

"I was just at UCLA's camp and it was nice to go up against good competition and players that will play in the Pac-12. I did very well on my one-on-one drills and I had a good day there."

The wide receiver added that he also attended camps at Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Duke. Thompson stated that all those schools have been recruiting him in earnest, but Arizona State is the first school to offer him.

"I haven't seen Arizona State play which is why I really want to go out there and visit them," Thompson admitted. "I'm very eager to see them play and check them out. I know they are going to take six receivers in this class and they already got three committed so those spots are filling up. I can't wait to visit there.

"I don't mind playing away from home because the West Coast is like a second home for me and it would be a great opportunity for me to play there. I don't know when I'm going to decide but if I like it there on my visit I could see myself committing to Arizona State."

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