4-Star High on Hawks

Tyriq Thompson still has another year of high school football to play but colleges already are pining for his services. Iowa is among the schools to offer the Detroit linebacker and he spoke with Hawkeye Insider about his feelings for the Hawkeyes and more.

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Tyriq Thompson has accomplished enough to be a little full of himself. The four-star linebacker from Detroit instead has shown humility without arrogance.

The King High junior has earned eight FBS-level scholarships. He appreciated every one of them.

"Any school that has interest in me is a favorite," Thompson said.

Iowa is a school very interested in the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder. The Hawkeyes have King alum Desmond King, who started as a true freshman this fall, and own a verbal from Class of 2014 Crusader, Jalen Embry.

"Jalen is in my ear a lot trying to get me to join in (at Iowa)," Thompson said with a laugh.

Thompson is getting a good feel for the Hawkeyes with two former teammates connected to them. Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker is the lead recruiter for all three.

"He's a great guy and is up front with everything," Thompson said. "I think Iowa is a great school with a great football program that has an excellent tradition."

Thompson said he hopes to visit Iowa City in spring or summer. The Hawkeyes will receive plenty of competition for his services. He also holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin with Michigan involved.

Thompson ranked education, playing time and the potential to win games as his top three desires in choosing a college and program. He's undecided on a major.

"It's up in the air but I've narrowed it down to Secondary Education, Psychology, or Broadcasting," he said.

Thompson said he is in no rush to end the recruiting process.

"I'll commit when I've made sure that a school meets my requirements and standards," he said.


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