Mobile prep quarterback A.J. McCarron, who has given a commitment to Alabama, was told by Saban not to take a recruiting trip to Knoxville.
"[Saban] said he preferred I didn't go to Tennessee for obvious reasons," McCarron told BamaOnline.com. "He said he didn't think it would look right and that he wasn't comfortable with it. I told him I wouldn't.
"He knows I'm going to Alabama, and he even told me if I want to visit Oklahoma, that's fine because they aren't an SEC rival."
Trent Richardson, a running back prospect from Pensacola, also said he won't be making the trip to Tennessee, although the Knoxville News-Sentinel says Richardson's decision "was as much about distance from home as it was about pleasing Saban."
Linebacker Tana Patrick from Stevenson, Ala., is scheduled to visit Tennessee next weekend and hasn't canceled the trip.
Thompson, while still a member of the Crimson Tide staff, met earlier this month with McCarron. He reportedly told the quarterback, "You better not go to Tennessee of all places."
McCarron said: "Not Tennessee. And then he ends up at Tennessee. And he knows the history from his time here as an [assistant], how Alabama hates Tennessee. But money talks, I guess."