Thompson pledges to Sun Devils

It's not that Al Thompson wasn't probably ready to commit on his Tempe visit over the weekend, but the 2012 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) wide receiver wanted to talk things over with his family back home before making his decision. As it turns out, Thompson didn't need a whole lot more than 24 hours from the end of his visit to settle on the college of his choice – Arizona State.

Thompson pledges to Sun Devils It's not that Al Thompson wasn't probably ready to commit on his Tempe visit over the weekend, but the 2012 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) wide receiver wanted to talk things over with his family back home before making his decision. As it turns out, Thompson didn't need a whole lot more than 24 hours from the end of his visit to settle on the college of his choice – Arizona State. "Meeting coach Broussard and coach Erickson on my trip…they both were straight up and cool people," said the 6-2 175-pound Al Thompson. "I could tell on the visit that they truly care for me. Just seeing the campus on my visit, and seeing the academic side of it and how serious they are about getting the players to graduate was great. Football is important, but so is education."

Thompson was accompanied by his father, Al Thompson Sr., who was certainly a big part of the decision making process and naturally shared the same sentiments that his son had concerning the Sun Devils.

"He loved it so much I thought he was ready to commit," said Thompson laughing. "We thought we were going to talk a lot about it when we got home. But when we were on the trip my dad said ‘if you are ready to commit, then do it now.'

"But I still waited until I got home to make my decision, but I knew this is where I wanted to be. I called coach Broussard he was really excited I committed and he passed the phone to coach Erickson who was also excited. It was a great conversation between all three of us."

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 in a previous interview. "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."

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

Thompson has also been offered by UAB, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State.


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