Redshirt junior safety Deionte Thompson is leaving for the NFL. He made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday.
Thompson broke into the starting lineup during Alabama’s postseason in 2017 and became a key player in the secondary this season. He was second on the team with 79 total tackles – 48 solo, 31 assisted, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He had a season-high nine stops against Arkansas back in October.
Thompson also forced four fumbles and recovered one. He grabbed two interceptions and returned them for a combined 65 yards. He broke up six passes overall.
The Associated Press, Sporting News and AFCA selected Thompson as a first-team All-American, making him a consensus pick. He also received first-team All-SEC accolades from the conference coaches and second team from the media.