Fresh off a strong junior season 2015 Detroit (Mich.) King linebacker Tyriq Thompson has options a plenty when it comes to where he can attend college and play football.
Emerging as one of the key playmakers for King’s defense, utilizing his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame in run support and dropping into pass coverage, Thompson finished the season First Team All-City, First Team All-Metro and First Team All-State.
“I felt like this year went really great,” Thompson said. “As a team we made it to the semifinals, coming up short but we got most of what we wanted to get accomplished individually and as a team.”
The Spartans, who wrapped up a Big Ten championship season at 12-1, caught the eye of Thompson this fall.
“I’ve been really impressed with their defense, with their scheme and everything like that,” Thompson said. “Coach Narduzzi brings the whole defense together and how everybody just gets to the ball and runs to the ball. It’s amazing to watch.”
Asked directly about word that Michigan State may have emerged as a leader with a possible verbal commitment coming sooner than later for the Spartans, Thompson responded.
“I don’t know where that rumor came from,” he said.
Although a decision isn’t in the works just yet, Thompson is beginning to see his recruitment a little more clear.
“I’m still in the process but I do want to,” Thompson said. “I’m in the process of deciding but I think I’ll get out and take a few visits.”
Thompson declined to mention which schools could be in line to receive those visits this winter or spring but added, “All the schools are pretty much on the same level right now for me.”
One school with obvious connections to Thompson is Michigan. His father Clarence is a former Wolverine and the coaching staff made it a priority to keep their eye on him over the past year, though talk of a scholarship offer following his junior film review has yet to take place.
“I’m not sure,” Thompson said. “I haven’t heard anything.”
Heading into the off-season Thompson has a plan in place to become an even better linebacker as a senior, already rated a four-star and No. 21 overall outside linebacker in his class.
“Speed,” Thompson said. “That would be my biggest focus this off-season is speed.
“I’ve been doing a little bit on my own but once it warms up I’ll be outside training and things like that.”