Growing up the son of a former Michigan football great, 2015 Detroit (Mich.) King linebacker Tyriq Thompson has a better understanding of the Maize & Blue than most recruits out there. Still looking to expand upon and build a stronger bond with the current Michigan coaching staff in Ann Arbor, Thompson, and his father Clarence, made their way up for the big house barbecue Sunday afternoon to eat plenty of food and take a brief trip down memory lane.
“This was the first time my dad’s been with me on a visit,” Thompson told GoBlueWolverine. “He was really excited.”
The first time bringing dad on an unofficial visit to any school, the fact that it was his alma mater made the experience that much more enjoyable for Thompson, and from a unique perspective.
“It was a huge difference,” Thompson said. “It was just awesome. Being up there with him and he was just reminiscing about the old days when he played there.
“He was just telling me about the different things he would do before the game and he was telling me about, I want to say the Michigan State game when he ran the dude down from the opposite side of the field,” Thompson said. “He was just telling me about the old games that happened.”
Currently holding Illinois and Wisconsin offers, Thompson had the opportunity to interact with the Michigan coaching staff, discussing the likelihood of a scholarship offer from the Wolverines and when the news could come.
“I kept bumping into Coach Hoke, Coach Mattison, Coach Smith, and Coach Jackson, and they were pretty much all telling me the same thing,” Thompson said. “Saying that me and my dad need to continue to get back up there and hang out up in Ann Arbor.
“Coach Jackson was pretty much telling me that they were going to recruit me real heavy September 1, once my junior year officially starts.”
Thompson also spent some time with Michigan linebackers’ coach Mark Smith, now his potential future position coach after making the full transition from strong safety to outside linebacker this off-season.
“Coach Smith was pretty much telling me that he remembered how well I worked out at Sound Mind Sound Body and that he thought I was getting a little bit bigger,” Thompson said. “He said that was a good thing, moving in to linebacker.”
Interacting and bonding with several of Michigan’s 2014 and 2015 commitments, as well as several other recruits on the Wolverines radar, Thompson felt a positive connection Sunday.
Alongside his father, Thompson believes the barbecue Sunday went a long way in cementing Michigan as a viable option for his college football career.
“To me, it kind of puts me closer to Michigan,” Thompson said. “It kind of got me more associated and closer to the Michigan family as a whole. With him being there and talking to all of the coaches and the guys that remember him from back in the day -- it was just a great atmosphere.”
Asked if this was his best visit experience in Ann Arbor to date, Thompson replied confidently.
“Yeah, definitely,” Thompson said. “By far.”
Thompson and Detroit King open up camp next week.
“We get pads Wednesday and Thursday,” he said. “Next week we’ll be rocking and rolling, full go.”