Having visited Michigan several times already Sunday’s unofficial visit to Ann Arbor for Michigan basketball’s win over Michigan State was different for 2015 Detroit (Mich.) King four-star outside linebacker Tyriq Thompson.
“This was my first time actually meeting every coach and shaking all their hands,” Thompson said.
“I got to talk with Mrs. Hoke and Mrs. Mattison and Coach Jackson’s wife. It was pretty cool up there.”
Privy to a front row seat as the Wolverines topped the Spartans 79-70 in front of a sold out crowd, Thompson, who actually holds scholarship offers from both schools at this point, was careful not to root for one team over the other.
“Actually I tried not to show any emotion leaning any way,” he said. “I sat down most of the game.
“Crisler Center was rocking. It was crazy and it was a good game.”
With Michigan coach Brady Hoke recently reassigning defensive coordinator Greg Mattison as the Wolverines’ linebacker’s coach, on top of his normal responsibility of running the defense, Thompson admits he likes the idea of learning directly under someone that’s coached the position at the NFL level.
“It would be a good experience,” he said. “Because he’s been doing it for so many years and having a defensive coordinator as your position coach it would help you understand the schemes more and the defense as a whole.”
“And at one point Coach Mattison took me into his office and he showed me all of his pictures and he had a picture of Ray Lewis when he was coaching the Ravens and he told me in a couple years he wants to have a picture just like it right next to it of me and him, so that was pretty cool.”
Thompson adding on what his role would be for Michigan, “They would be blitzing me quite a bit.”
Forging a strong bond with Coach Mattison after his father Clarence played safety for him in Ann Arbor in the early 1990’s, Thompson says Mattison often jokes about when he’ll be ready to follow in those footsteps and join the Wolverines’ 2015 class.
“Coach Mattison is always light,” Thompson said. “He’s always joking around.”
“We just have a little dialogue, jokes and laugh and have a good time.”
Thompson says he and his dad don’t discuss the recruiting process too often, planning to have a more serious discussion toward the end of his senior season following five official visits.