Deonte Thompson, who is chasing a state title in track season this year, has been playing football for nearly his entire life.
"I've always loved playing," he said. "Even when it wasn't organized, I was always playing with different people. This area has a lot of good athletes and I feel like that helped me get to where I am now."
The talented wideout put his name on the national recruiting map last spring when he attended the Scout.com All-American Combine in Jacksonville, where he ripped off a 4.28/40 time. That tied CJ Spiller for fastest on the entire national combine tour.
"I enjoyed competing with CJ last year," he said. "I was only a junior but it was good to get that type of experience and exposure. I love competing against the best."
Thompson went on to have an outstanding junior season. He helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season before losing to Booker in the state semifinals. He finished the year with 19 receptions for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Now he's getting recruited nationally as he prepares for his senior season.
"It's been pretty crazy so far," he said of the recruiting process. "I have 20 scholarship offers that came here. I never expected it to be like this already. My early favorites would be Miami, Ohio State, USC, Florida, Notre Dame, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan. I'm trying to keep an open mind so everyone's equal right now."
Thompson and some of his teammates recently attended the Junior Day event at the University of Miami. He spoke about that.
"It was really nice," he said. "I had a chance to check out the school and watch their players run for the NFL scouts. I also met with Coach Mosley. He's a real nice guy, real enthusiastic and just real cool. I like him a lot."
Thompson spoke more about the Hurricanes and his interest level.
"I like Miami a lot," he said. "They need receivers and I like it there. They're definitely one of the top schools I'm looking at."