November 9, 2013

MLK LB high on Spartan board

One of the top players on the recruiting board for Michigan State for the class of 2014 is linebacker Tyriq Thompson of Detroit Martin Luther King High School. SpartanMag.com has the details on the recruitment of the 6-foot-1, 215-pound standout.

Outstanding linebacker play has been a hallmark of the Michigan State program since the arrival of Head Coach Mark Dantonio. Thompson is one of the players that Coach Dantonio and the Spartan staff have identified as being an elite level prospect for the class of 2015. SpartanMag.com caught up with Thompson shortly after King had defeated arch-rival Detroit East English High School by a score of 28-20. The win advances King High School to the regional finals against Wyandotte Roosevelt High School.

Thompson already has an impressive list of scholarship offers as well as schools that are showing him a significant amount of interest. He talked with us about the schools that are actively involved in his recruitment.

"Recruiting is going really good, Thompson stated. "I have offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. I have been in contact with Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan."

Thompson is very familiar with Big Ten football and the recruiting process due to his father, Clarence Thomson, being a former standout player for the Michigan Wolverines. We asked Thompson about the advice he has received form his father about recruiting and improving himself as a player.

"He always tells me to make my own path," he said. "He also gives me pep talks periodically especially before games."

Thompson was in East Lansing last week with his family watching the Spartans and Wolverines do battle. His father certainly was not thrilled with the outcome, but the former All-Big Ten performer can appreciate the type of defense the Spartan play. The younger Thompson indicated he was impressed with the atmosphere and the level of execution of the Spartan defense.

Thompson has now been to East Lansing several times over the past few months and he is developing a good rapport with the coaching staff. We asked him about his thoughts on Michigan State University.

"State is a great program," Thomson said. "They do not just focus on bettering the reputation of the program they focus on their players and the relationships."

Thompson is not in a hurry to make his college choice. He plans on spending the coming months visiting more schools, attending junior day functions and building additional rapport with the coaches at the schools he is considering. This weekend he is heading out to Pittsburgh to watch the Panthers take on Notre Dame. He told us that he will definitely be considering two important factors when it comes to making his college choice.

"Getting a quality education and the potential to win games," he stated.

Thompson is enjoying his junior season a Detroit King High School. He actually transferred to King this year from Lee's Summit High School in Missouri. Playing for King has allowed him to compete with and against many often top prospects in the state. King is 9-1 on the season with the lone loss coming in a tough battle with top ranked Cass Tech High School.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Thompson in the coming weeks. The Crusaders are in Division 2 which is easily the toughest division in the state of Michigan for the class of 2014. In addition to King High School, powerhouse programs such as Brother Rice, Midland, Muskegon and Harrison are all still alive in the Division 2 playoffs. Whoever ends up celebrating at Ford Field will certainly earned it, and an argument could be made they are the best team in Michigan.

Matt Dorsey's Take: I saw Thompson earlier this summer up at Michigan State Camp and was impressed with his size and ability to move in space. Speaking with him, I got the impression that the relationships he builds with the coaching staff and the academics will be the major factors in his recruitment. Obviously he has a special feeling for the Wolverines and rightly so, but he also understands he needs to do what is best for him and he has some excellent options on the table and more will certainly be forthcoming.


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