Catching up with Deonte Thompson

Catching up with Deonte Thompson is not always real easy to do. The 4.3 forty wide receiver from Glades Central helped propel the Gators to the No. 1 Recruiting Class in the Country in February. He's getting ready for Gainesville, and Gainesville is ready for him.

Florida finished the 2007 recruiting year by finishing with a landslide No. 1 ranking. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson of Glades Central High School was many of the crown jewels of last year's class, and he's ready to get to Gainesville.

Thompson was the top ranked wide receiver in the south last year, and the No. 3 receiver in the entire country by Thompson helped solidify a landslide Gator win (that's starting to sound familiar these days) in the National Recruiting Wars when he made his decision on signing day of this year.

At 6-0 and 190 pounds, Thompson is one of the fastest players in the entire country, and he is honing that speed this spring as he counts down the days until he gets to Gainesville.

"I'm just getting out of track practice right now," said Thompson when we caught up with him Tuesday evening. "I'm running the 100, 200, and 4x100 for our team. We have the district championships coming up soon."

Thompson's best 100 meter time this year is a 10.47, a time that would win a championship in most states in most years, including Florida, but Thompson sounded a little disappointed.

"My best time is 10.47, but I still have a lot of time left. I'm still gunning for the state championship, and the competition will get even tougher. I can run faster than that."

Thompson isn't just a track guy playing football though; he's a football player that also runs track. Thompson has good hands and instincts on the field, and he's not afraid of contact. If he put his mind to it, he could be an NFL defensive back one day.

While the NFL is a long ways away, Thompson is taking steps to make sure he's ready should he get there one day. Thompson's favorite class right now is one that all players with his physical ability should be taking.

"My favorite class right now is economics. We have a lot of discussions in there and debates."

As part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, Thompson has had a chance to get to know several of his teammates through visits and all-star games.

"I'm looking forward to playing with all of my new teammates. I pretty much know all of them. Major Wright and I are really good friends, and [Aaron] Hernandez and I got to play together at the Army game too."

Thompson projects as a full qualifier and is scheduled to graduate on May 18th. He'll head up to Gainesville in June, and he's hoping to have a leg up on the playbook.

"I'm trying to learn all of the practice routes and formations right now. I'm looking forward to getting to Florida and coming in and helping the team as much as I can. The coaches told me that if I came in and worked hard that it was really up to me if I saw the field or not this year, and I want to play this year. I'm looking forward to getting up to Gainesville and meeting some new people, going to school and getting good grades to continue my education."

Gator fans should be equally excited to see Thompson in Gainesville. He's a special talent and person.

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