RECRUITING: Thompson Has Very Good UF Visit

Belle Glade Glades Central superstar receiver Deonte Thompson is looking for that perfect fit. It seems that every top school in the nation is trying to convince Thompson, who ran a 4.28 forty yard dash as a sophomore at the combine in Jacksonville, that their place is just right. He visited the University of Florida this week to see if Gainesville is the perfect place for him.

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The Gators hosted camp sessions for the last 11 days and Thompson came up for one day of the session. Even though the weather was bad due to the tropical storm running through the state, Thompson liked what he saw.

"I was up there yesterday," Deonte Thompson said. "It went pretty well, I liked it a lot. I showed up early morning and drove up even earlier that morning. I came back home later that night. I just watched some film and met with the coaches. We ate at one place and watched a little of the camp."

Billy Gonzales is the receiver coach at Florida and he would be the man in charge of molding Thompson into a superstar receiver if he chooses the University of Florida. Thompson spent a great deal of time with Gonzales and he's quite impressed, especially now that he's learned what his role would be in the Florida offense.

"I talked to Coach Gonzales the most," he said. "He is very exciting and energetic. I think he is really cool. I was loving the film. It is most definitely an offense I could fit in. They want me to come play the X and get my speed on the outside and stuff."

He also ran into quarterback Tim Tebow on the visit and Tebow made sure that Thompson understood that Florida was a place for him.

"Tebow and I talked a lot," he said. "He is a nice guy and a real cool good dude. He told me how much he liked it there and stuff like that."

He also likes the coach that is recruiting him for the Gators. Coach John "Doc" Holliday is in charge of recruiting in south Florida. He's somewhat legendary in recruiting circles down in that area of the state.

"Coach Holliday is my guy," he said. "He is another nice dude too."

He mentions plenty to like about Florida, but he is still keeping his options open at the moment.

"This is all who is in the running right now," he started. "Miami, Florida, USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Everyone is about even."

His summer will continue to stay busy. Glades Central Head Coach Willie Snead has a full docket for his troops.

"We have a couple of 7-on-7 passing camps and just my workouts," he said. "I know we have a passing camp at Georgia Camp and a Hoover Nike National tournament and a couple of more."

Thompson is a good student and has already gained a qualifying 17 on his ACT. He had a good junior year in the classroom. With over 25 offers already, Thompson knows what he is looking for in a school.

"The deciding factors are going to be where it feels like home, where my heart is, and where I think I can come in and play early," he said.

Deonte Thompson is probably the top target at wide receiver for the Florida Gators in the recruiting class of 2007. His speed and ability to stretch defenses deep is just something a coaching staff cannot teach. The personable kid from the muck is also an engaging character that would most likely do any university proud from the moment he steps on campus.

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