August 13, 2013

Michigan 2015 LB has Big Ten offers

One of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2015 will be Tyriq Thompson of Detroit Martin Luther King High School. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Thompson already has two Big Ten offers on the table and both the Spartans and Wolverines are actively involved in his recruitment.

Thompson is very familiar with big time college football, his father Clarence was a 3-year letterman for the Wolverines from 1993-1995. Despite the strong family ties to Ann Arbor, the younger Thompson has been getting out and checking out other Big Ten programs. Michigan State is one of the schools he has visited on several occasions and the Spartan staff has a high-level of interest in Thompson.

Thompson played last year for Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High School. He is now suiting up for perennial Detroit PSL power King High School. He is one of multiple Division 1 prospects on the Crusader roster. We asked him about his recruitment.

"Right now I have offers from Wisconsin and Illinois, Thompson said. "I am also hearing from a lot of other schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State. A host of MAC schools are also interested, but Thompson high-level of interest has likely already put them out of the race.

Thompson camped up at Michigan State earlier this summer and impressed Spartan Linebacker Coach Mike Tressel. He was also in East Lansing last week with a host of other prospect for the first day of practice in pads. was able to speak with Thompson after that camp and he indicated that his father is just wants him to go to the school that he feels most comfortable at. He understands that going to Michigan would make his father happy, but indicated his dad will be a big fan of whatever schools he decides to attend.

With the two in-state schools showing him a significant amount of interest, we asked Thompson what he likes about the two Big Ten powerhouse programs and what he will be looking for when it comes to making a college decision.

"Both schools are very good programs," Thompson said. "At Michigan State i really like the coaching staff, they are great. The atmosphere at the University of Michigan is awesome. I will be looking for a school that provides me a great education and has a winning tradition."

It will be interesting to see how the two in-state teams proceed when it comes to his recruitment. Earlier this week the University of Michigan picked up their 4th linebacker commitment for the class of 2104 in legacy recruit Jared Wangler. Michigan State current has 3 linebacker commitments for 2014 and could add another prior to signing day. If the Spartans and Wolverines both end up signing 4 linebackers in this class, they will certainly be very selective when it comes to 2015.

At this point in time Thompson is not in a rush to make his college choice. His main focus now is helping King High School win a PSL and State Championship. King was the first PSL team to win a MHSAA State Championship back in 2007 and the goal is to get another in 2013. Last year they were able defeat teams like Detroit Cass Tech and East English Village Prep (formerly Crockett), but fell short in the playoffs losing to Southfield. Thompson will team with fellow division 1 prospect Jalen Embry, Avonte Maddox and Carl Fuller to give King a very athletic presence. will be sure to follow the recruitment of Thompson over the coming months. Playing for a program like Detroit King will allow him to showcase his skills against some of the best competition in the state. That will likely only serve to improve his already improving recruiting stock.

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