Thompson impressed with ASU visit

Over the weekend Al Thompson was one of several Sun Devils to visit Tempe for the first time ever. The Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) wide receiver was already enamored with ASU prior to his trip and when discussing his trip with Devils Digest his sentiments haven't changed to say the least.

"It was a great visit, we saw a lot, and the team won," said the 6-2 175-pound Al Thompson. "It was a little hot but I can get used to it. I loved the game atmosphere. We were sitting right by the student section so that was great. It was fun hanging out with a lot of the recruits. I enjoyed talking to coach Erickson. He was very cool and a very respectful man.

"I was thinking the visit was going to be really good, but it was even better. I enjoyed myself from the moment I got off the plane."

Thompson, who was hosted by ASU wide receiver Gary Chambers, was naturally impressed with the offensive display he witnessed in the 43-22 win over USC and likes the familiarity factor this side of the ball brings.

"Our offense in high school is fast paced too," Thompson said. "So I like the similar style of offense. They are very balanced because they pass the ball a lot but run it a lot too. It was fun watching them play."

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.

"This year we are 4-1," Thompson remarked. "We lost to Trinity from Kentucky who is a Top-10 school in the nation. But we haven't lost in our division yet so things are going pretty good. I have 21 receptions so far with 391 yards and five touchdowns.

"(ASU wide receivers) Coach Broussard told me that I have a real big upside," Thompson stated. "He said I could utilize my speed and that I'm a good route runner which helps separate me from the cornerbacks. I'm not a very big receiver but I have a good frame."

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

Arizona State was the first school to offer Thompson, back in June, and thus have peaked his interest ever since. Having such a positive experience over the weekend has only strengthened the wide receiver's feelings concerning ASU.

"They're definitely my top school," Thompson said of ASU. "I really like Arizona State. I just want to go back home and think about everything. So we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. But I'm definitely liking them out of all the schools."

Thompson has also been offered by UAB, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. He added that he is still weighing options as to what other schools he may officially visit late this year.

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