Q&A with Bama's latest pledge

Alabama landed its initial commitment in the class of 2015 on Saturday, in what was a wild cap to the day for Deionte Thompson. The three-sport standout, who committed as a defensive back, breaks down his entire day and more inside.

BamaMag.com: Congrats on the commitment Deionte, what a day for you! Not only did you get the offer at Alabama, but you commit before leaving. Was it back-to-back, or did you wait before committing?

Deionte Thompson: "I waited to commit before I left. I had a playoff game Friday night, I went home for 15 minutes, then we left to drive all the way in. Our hotel room…we couldn't check in so we had to hurry up and change in the lobby before going to the school. I didn't think the day was going to go well."

"Coach [Burton] Burns came and got me and we talked to a few of the coaches. Then they called my name on the mic, saying that Coach Nick Saban wanted to meet me. "

"Then I went in and got the offer, but I didn't know he offered me (at the time). When I left out of the office, my cousin asked me if I realized they offered me. I said no, and then I saw Nick Saban a few minutes later. I asked him and he said "yes sir." A couple minutes passed, than I told him I wanted to commit."

BM: What was the feeling like when you heard your name on the loud speaker saying Nick Saban wanted to see you?

DT: "I was like, my dream is coming true."

BM: Have you always liked Alabama, or have you just seen them of late with all the success they've had?

DT: "I just have always loved their defense. Alabama believes highly in the defense just like we do at West Orange. Plus, Coach Saban works with the DB's, so I'm being recruited as a safety. It's going to be fun working with Coach Saban."

BM: What was it like when you committed to him?

DT: "I just told him that I wanted to commit an he was like ‘It's going to be great having you here.' It was short and sweet."

BM: What sealed the deal for you?

DT: "I don't know if I'm done with recruiting, but I'm going to stay committed to Alabama. There are going to be other schools that are going to be looking at me, and I'm not going to turn down offers. But Alabama's on top right now."

BM: What was the reason to commit in person?

DT: "When I was walking around the campus at the school, the coaches made me feel like I was at home. They stressed academics, and my parents always stress that to me. You have to get an education, because you never know what's going to happen with football. You can get hurt in college or high school, so you need to get a good education. Alabama has the highest graduation rate in the SEC behind Vanderbilt. I think they said 19 of their players had graduated from college before playing the bowl game. That is amazing!"

BM: You play football, basketball and run track for West Orange, so what kind of athlete is Alabama getting in you?


Thompson just wrapped-up his sophomore hoops season.

DT: "I love to make plays. I want to do what's best for my team to win. I want to be a vocal leader, and do whatever it takes to win a state championship."

BM: Now with the day finally behind you, when will you sleep?

DT: "I haven't slept since we stopped in Mississippi for a little while. I still haven't really rested because of Facebook and Twitter and stuff. There's been a lot of congratulations. But I will soon, I'll catch up."

BM: What has the last 36 hours been like?

DT: "Well we lost the basketball game. We worked so hard to be the first team to be top 10 in the state. It was a blessing, but to have the season end on such short notice was tough. But we only have two seniors, so we'll be back next year."

Thompson is one of the top talents in the state of Texas, regardless of class. More offers are expected to come his way despite his early pledge to Alabama, so stay on BamaMag.com and FOXSportsNEXT.com for the latest on the versatile athlete.


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