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.