Many eyes have been caught on the East practice field this week by the overall talent of Deonte…
All in Play for 5 Star WR
With offers literally from coast to coast, it's no surprise that Belle Glade, Fla. wide receiver Deonte Thompson is having trouble making a decision about his future. Most uncommitted players already know where they're headed by this time of year. They're just waiting for the right time to make an announcement. Not Thompson. "I really don't know what I'm going to do yet," said Thompson. "Man, it's confusing. I'm going to sit down with my parents and stuff and see what they think. It isn't really about playing, because wherever I go, I feel like I'm going to be able to play anyway. I really just want to have that comfort zone." Thompson has already taken three of his official visits, and he has two left on the schedule. "I've already been to LSU, Ohio State and USC." Thompson talks about each of his official visits. LSU - "It was cool. They have good people there. The coaches, players, everything was real nice. They said they were losing two guys, and that I would have a good chance to come in and play. They said they needed a speedster." Ohio State - "I went up there for the Michigan game. It felt good. It was the best atmosphere I've been at. It was wild. The stadium was rocking. It was real good. They're losing Ted Ginn, and they want someone to come in with the same style of play. They said that I could come in and try to replace him. They were talking about that and talking about Santonio Holmes [coming from the same high school]." USC - "I just went there December 16th. It was cool. That was my best visit. School was out, but I got to hang out with the players and coaches. They have a lot of players' coaches there. The players and coaches are like friends. Dewayne Jarrett was my host out there. They were telling me that they were losing two wide receivers and the job would be wide open next year. They talked about their history, and how they put a lot of wide receivers out there." Thompson's two remaining visits will likely go to schools within the state border. "I think it's going to be Florida and Miami." Thompson on the Gators: Florida - "I've been up there for a couple of games, but I haven't seen any of the academic centers or anything like that. I'm going to go up there and see that and the campus and stuff. I grew up a Gator fan watching Reidell Anthony, Fred Taylor, and those guys. I want to go up there and see how the coaches are and get a feel for them." Miami - "Coach Shannon came to my house, and he's real cool. He seemed like he's a truthful guy and told me everything straight up. He was telling me they were going to get some players in there to change the program around. Everything is a clean slate right now, and everyone has a chance to play. He didn't promise me a starting job or nothing and I'd have to come in and work for it. He was a real straight up guy." Thompson has had a good look at his East teammates at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after four practices, and he was asked about some of the players that impressed him. "Willy Korn did. Him and John Brantley are throwing the ball pretty good. Noel Devine and Chris Rainey are running it pretty good to. You know, everyone is kind of doing their thing." Thompson had a nice catch on a seam wrote in which it looked like Major Wright pulled off the play at safety as to not crush his teammate." "Man, I thought he was going to kill me," said Thompson laughing. "That's my boy though. Me and him are really cool. The whole defense has impressed me." In most cases, players have never lined up against someone with equal skills from them before this game. Who is the guy that Thompson sees as a player to push him? "Eric Berry - he's been the most standout DB out there in the one on one drills, but really, I've been killing all of them," Thompson added with a good natured laugh. A question that I ask all of the All-Americans through the week is - You have the first pick in the draft. You get to take one player with you to school. Who do you pick? "Major Wright. Me and him met at Ohio State, and we've been bonding in this game, and me and him have been cool ever since then. And he can play a little bit," Thompson finished with a laugh. Scott Kennedy's Take - I believe Thompson when he says he genuinely doesn't know where he wants to go to school. In general, that usually means that players are going to stick close to home. In this case, the "I grew up a Gator fan" is what stuck with me the most. I think USC would be a huge player for him if they were a little closer to home, but in the end, I think this is a player that doesn't leave the Sunshine State.
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