Tompkins excited to be a Spartan

Michigan State looked to earn the pledge of one running back in the 2012 class. Nick Tompkins became that back when he gave Mark Dantonio his pledge in late June. We caught up with the Georgia native to talk about his college decision.

In late June, Nick Tompkins of Snellville (GA) Brookwood High School had seen enough of the recruiting process to make his decision. With offers from across the country, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back pledged to Michigan State.

"I did not plan on committing this early, but after going back and comparing the schools I decided Michigan State had the complete package and it just felt right in my heart. So I just decided to go ahead and take advantage of the opportunity."

As for the reasons Tompkins did wait.

"The coaching staff just spoke very truthful with me and stayed very honest and did not talk any bull-crap so I felt I could trust them. They also stressed about being a family and I can see they have great chemistry on the team. I've already noticed this as I'm already friends with a lot of the other commitments for the class as were already talking and getting to know each other.

"Also, Michigan State is a big time program with great fan support."

How much of a factor was the way the Spartans use their running backs in this decision?

"It was a positive in my decision with me being a running back as I've seen their film during my visit and how they give the ball to the running backs that are very successful with it."

Despite being in Georgia, Nick's ties to the Big Ten always had him keeping tabs on the conference.

"I've always grown up watching the Big Ten as my dad played for the University of Wisconsin. So I grew up rooting for Wisconsin but also the Big Ten. Down here in Georgia everyone is an SEC fan and I was one of the few Big Ten fans. But the Big Ten is just a great conference and every school in the conference has great academics and great football as well. I like to call the Big Ten the ultimate college conference as far as the college experience with its fan support and things like that."

What were his father's thoughts about being a Spartan instead of a Badger?

"My dad told me from the beginning it was my decision. Wisconsin offered me as an athlete, so I kind of knew that might not be the right place for me as I want a chance to play my primary position. My dad is just as excited as I was and says he is now a Spartan."

With players being just a click away, Nick is already excited about helping add to the class and form friendships with the other Spartan pledges.

"It's great as I feel we have a great class coming in with all great guys. We're trying to get to know each other and are all working on getting a few more quality recruits to come in so it's great and makes me very excited to know we're building a bond early and a friendship that will make it easier to form a family bond once we all get up to Michigan State."

What does Nick feel are his strengths and weaknesses to his game?

My strength is my speed and my vision. I need to work on finishing my runs more powerfully and on my route running."

How many times has Nick visited campus?

"I came up for a Junior Day in February and then came back for a visit a couple of weeks before I committed."

How often does Nick plan on making the trip to East Lansing during the season?

"My dad and I are already sitting down looking at the schedule to see what games we want to go to. They are playing some great teams and we're excited about going up there and experience being a Spartan."

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