AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Teams from Indiana, North Carolina, and even Canada flocked to Avondale (Mich.) high school to compete in the Midwest Elite 7-on-7 Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Ready to welcome the out-of-towners were several teams from the state of Michigan, including HYPE Athletics.
“There’s nothing like Michigan football,” HYPE athlete Tyriq Thompson told GoBlueWolverine. “No other state can compete with our athletics.”
HYPE nearly held up their end of the bargain, advancing all the way to the championship game Sunday afternoon before losing to AWP Sports out of Indiana. Fortunately HYPE still managed to qualify for IMG Nationals in Bradenton (Fla.) this summer, in part because of the inspired play of 2015 Detroit (Mich.) King linebacker/safety Tyriq Thompson.
Currently 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, Thompson lined up at deep safety and outside linebacker for HYPE, jumping routes on multiple occasions, nearly coming up with interceptions, and batting down balls from both positions.
“It’s going pretty good,” said Thompson. “Transitioning from a straight up defensive back to more of a hybrid player so I can cover receivers and be able to help in the run, come up and hit.”
“A lot of schools have been looking at me as a WILL linebacker, help in the run and be able to go out and cover the slot guys,” said Thompson. “I’m open to whatever.
“It’s not really hard (making the transition). Football is football to me. Whatever a team needs me to play, I’ll play. I’ll adjust to it and make it work.”
The son of former Michigan safety Clarence Thompson, Tyriq says dad isn’t forcing the Wolverines on him just yet.
“The interest for every school with me right now is the same,” said Thompson. “He really isn’t putting any pressure one me to look at Michigan as like the first choice. But he’d still be proud if I did. He just wants me to go wherever is best for me and wherever I think would be the best fit.”
Thompson has also built positive relationships with Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel, as well as Ohio State cornerback coach Kerry Coombs.
Thompson plans to camp at Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh this summer, as well as compete at Sound Mind Sound Body in mid-June.