“Actually I knew that I was offered when I called Coach Mattison on the phone and he told me he wanted me to come play linebacker for them at Michigan,” Thompson said. “And he told me I was offered.
“I was pretty excited about it.”
The son of former Michigan safety Clarence Thompson, Tyriq’s offer from the Wolverines undoubtedly has some significant meaning to the family.
When the time came to let dad know the good news, the former King standout himself tried to temper his excitement.
“He pretty much just told me congratulations,” Thompson said.
Thompson added, “It was kind of satisfying (for him) I guess.”
Now halfway through his junior year of high school, Thompson’s recruiting picture has changed significantly since transferring to King from Lee’s Summit West (Mo.) high school following his sophomore campaign.
Currently holding offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin, Thompson says the offer from Michigan doesn’t automatically mean he’ll be a Wolverine despite the obvious connection through his father.
“It’s a little different (now),” he said. “Like I said before, I’m not going to base my decision on that.
“My decision will be based on where I feel is the best fit for me, where I feel I can be successful for the next four years.”
Thompson added, “It’s pretty much the same with any schools I didn’t have an offer from. Now that I have an offer, they’re more seriously on my list for me to consider.”
Right now, Thompson doesn’t have any unofficial visits set in stone but does plan to get up to Ann Arbor in the near future.
“I’ll probably get up there for spring ball,” he said.
As far as when a verbal commitment could be coming, Thompson continues to just wait for the right school, the right feeling.
“I can’t really put a timeline on it per se,” Thompson said. “But it’ll just be whenever I feel 100-percent sure about whatever decision I make, about whatever school I choose to go to. That’s when I’ll commit.”
Thompson remains in “frequent” contact with the Michigan State Spartans. When asked about rumors that have him committing to Mark Dantonio and his staff, Thompson again refuted them.
“Like I said before those are just rumors,” he said.