When you want speed and playmakers at the wide receiver position, you go to Florida. When you get there, you can plan on stopping in to see Deonte Thompson.
"I've got good size, great hands and I've got good speed," Deonte said of his talents. "I see myself playing receiver, but I can play defensive back. I see myself more as a receiver though. I'm 6-0.5, 186-pounds."
With the talent at Glades Central, they always put a competitive team on the field. This season with first year-head coach Willie Snead, Glades Central was more than competitive.
"We went 12-1 in Sarasota 3A..We lost in the state semi-finals," Thompson said. "Coach Snead's a good coach. This is his first year. He came right in and did a great job. We run the spread offense and he calls great some great plays when we need them."
Thompson had 35 catches for 767 yards and 12 touchdowns. While he didn't have huge receiving numbers, he did get it in the end zone every third time he touched the ball. And that is what has everyone taking notice.
"I'm getting mail from everybody; Miami, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, West Virginia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa Auburn," Thompson said of the recruiting interest. "Florida, Miami, West Virginia, I think those are the only three that have offered right now.
"Florida has some good teams, but I wouldn't mind going out of state. I want to go to the best place for me and where I have the chance to get on the field and play early. Depth charts will be important."
"I like Notre Dame a lot," Thompson said. "I like how the new coach Charlie Weis came in -- I like that situation. He likes to throw the ball a lot. I really like Notre Dame. They were the first school that was sending me mail. So I was always interested in them. I think a coach came through last year. I'm not sure if they've come in since.
"Right now I feel that I'm going to go through the recruiting process. Everyone is even right now. I'd like to take all my visits. "
"I've got real good grades," he said. "I'm at a 2.8. I've scheduled the test for January."
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