Should Alabama Worry Oklahoma Is After 4-Star Tide Commit Deionte Thompson?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 19, 2013

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Alabama commitment Deionte Thompson is a 2015 recruit, so there's plenty of time for his recruitment to shake up. That said, there's little reason for the Crimson Tide to worry they will lose Thompson's commitment.

Sure, anything can happen—this is college football recruiting, after all—but Alabama is, well, Alabama. It's going to be hard for any program to pry away Saban's commitments as long as he's the coach and the Tide are competing for national championships.

Why the fuss, though?

According to Alex King of, Oklahoma has offered Thompson despite his commitment to 'Bama: 

That commitment to the SEC powerhouse though hasn't halted other programs from offering Thompson who boasts a growing list that includes the likes of Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Utah and one of his more recent offers - Oklahoma. The Sooners offered the 6-foot-3 and 172-pound prospect shortly after the Satellite camp on June 9 that was cancelled due to weather in Houston that he was present at.

"They have been recruiting me, I think, the first day they came to the school was in April sometime. Coach (Tim) Kish told me about the camp. I just decided that I wanted to go to Oklahoma's camp because it was closer than all the other camps were. It got rained out and I didn't get to perform but I felt like I was going to perform really well that day," Thompson replied.

Though the Sooners didn't get to see Thompson workout in person, it's obvious they were already impressed enough with what they had already seen of him. The offer was made by Kish, who informed Thompson's head coach, who then told the West Orange Stark product's dad, who then relayed the message to his son.

"It was exciting because growing up and watching Oklahoma they always had a powerful team. It's just a great feeling," he answered.

Oklahoma is a marquee college football program and coach Bob Stoops is a great recruiter, so this is not to say that the Sooners couldn't out-recruit Saban for Thompson. The one thing Oklahoma does have going for it is a substantial pipeline with Thompson's school, West Orange Stark High in Orange, Texas.

King mentions that West Orange has sent players like Trey Franks, James Haynes and Gayron Allen to Oklahoma, and Thompson does recognize that connection, per the report:

"At West Orange Stark we've had a couple of players go to OU. Just knowing what kind of program they have and playing in National Championships and stuff, it lets me know that they have a great program," he explained. 

King also reports that Thompson might visit Oklahoma.

With all that in mind, though, Thompson did tell King that his commitment to Alabama is "100-percent" and it "most likely won't be changing."

Considering Alabama's national championship track record that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon, it would be hard to blame him for staying with the Crimson Tide.

Signing day for the 2015 class is a long time away, but Alabama has little reason to worry Thompson's commitment will change.

Thompson is the No. 7 safety in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's 6'2'' and 175 pounds and runs a 4.65-second 40.

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