It is not uncommon for multiple Big Ten schools to recruit the same player, especially when that player demonstrates a variety of skills on the football field.
Detroit King four-star athlete Tyriq Thompson is one of those players – a 6-1, 220-pound prospect that is transitioning from safety to linebacker who has dazzled scouts with his speed and strength. But for the large portion of the schools recruiting him, they’ll have to be patient this fall in their attempt to land him since he’s started to switch his focus from his recruitment to his senior year.
“My recruitment is pretty calm right now, (but) I think that’s because we are slowly getting closer to football season,” Thompson told BadgerNation. “Everything has been going pretty easily and I’m focusing on my last year of high school football and getting ready for it.”
According to Thompson, there isn’t one school recruiting him harder then another, but the most recent school to come in contact with him is Wisconsin.
“I talked with head coach Gary Andersen about two weeks ago,” Thompson said. “We just caught up and saw how we were doing. It was a good talk.”
Andersen has made Thompson such a high priority in the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class that he has been the lead recruiter for Thompson, especially since Andersen is going to start coaching the linebackers.
“Coach Andersen and I have a pretty good relationship and he’s a good guy. I like him,” Thompson said. “I can tell he’s a family guy and that he cares about his players.”
With Thompson always looking to improve his game, he was able to attend the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in June. Thompson wasn’t surprised to see Andersen in attendance to watch him perform.
“I was able to speak with Andersen a little bit while I was at the camp,” Thompson said. “Overall I thought the camp went well. I was working on my technique, like I’ve been doing all summer, and I just went out there to compete.”
Thompson is sitting on 11 offers, nine of which come from the Big Ten. While he holds offers from both Big Ten in-state schools, Thompson said he’s rarely had consistent communication with Michigan and Michigan State.
Thompson claims no favorites, doesn’t plan on releasing a list of his top schools until after his season and may end up waiting to take his visits until after his season.