Alabama’s 2024 recruiting class is officially underway. After earning an offer from the Crimson Tide earlier this month receiver Perry Thompson announced his commitment to Alabama on Friday.
Thompson, a native of Foley, Ala., has drawn physical comparisons to former Foley native and Crimson Tide great Julio Jones. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect is coming off a sophomore season where he recorded 53 receptions for 661 yards and five touchdowns while finishing with 814 all-purpose yards for Foley High School. He also had a pair of interceptions on defense.
"I think first and foremost, they are getting a big receiver who has the top-end speed and the ball skills to make plays in one-on-one coverage," Foley head coach Deric Scott said. "I think Alabama's kind of gotten away from the bigger receiver in the past and went for more of the sheer speed guys, and I think Perry is a nice complement of both of them.
"I think he will totally fit in because he's not just a big guy who can't move. He has speed, outstanding hands and ball skills. He just happens to have the size of a bigger receiver."
Thompson chose the Crimson Tide over offers from Alabama A&M, Austin Peay, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy and UAB. While the rising junior's stock appears to be set to take off, Scott warned teams that it will be hard to pull his receiver away from his commitment to Alabama.
"People are fixing to try to recruit him heavily, I'm sure, but we've kind of been on this deal where we've been going across the Southeast to camps and colleges, and no one else pulled the trigger," Scott said. "I know Alabama's stamp of approval means a lot to people, and I'm sure they are going to want to feel they can get in with this deal now. But my first thought would be 'Why?' You had your opportunity before. ... Right out out the gate, his first Power 5 offer was Alabama. You've got to kind of give credence to the fact that they saw exactly what he is and what he's capable of first."