Michigan State's director of college advancement and performance/camp director Curtis Blackwell is a graduate of Detroit King High School.
So when the Spartans extended an offer to King junior linebacker Tyriq Thompson, it was only fitting that Blackwell was the one to tell Thompson the news Wednesday afternoon.
"Coach (Terel) Patrick put me on three-way call with Coach Blackwell and we had a conversation," Thompson said. "He basically just asked me how interested I was in playing at Michigan State and I told him I was definitely interested and he said we are going to offer you."
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound outside linebacker said he likes the coaching staff at MSU and the linebacker play.
"Between the linebackers and the secondary, they always fly to the ball and the run and makes plays as a unit," he said.
Thompson moved to linebacker this season from strong safety and said the transition has been smooth as his comfort level continues to grow.
"I am getting better with every game," he said. "Right now, I'm averaging nine tackles a game and my level of play is just progressing and getting better and better each week."
After Thompson and the King Crusaders look to stay undefeated Friday night, he will head to Evanston to visit Northwestern.
"I will be at Northwestern for the Ohio State game this Saturday," he said. "The next couple weekends, I'm not sure where I'll be."
With academics being important to Thompson in his recruitment, he said that a draw with Northwestern – a program he thinks will offer soon.
"They also have a great program," he said. "They had a 10-win season last year and Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald is a great coach. One of the things that stands out the most to me about them is the academics."