Two King HS Prospects Visit Northwestern

2014 wideout Avonte Maddox and 2015 safety Tyriq Thompson took in Northwestern practice on Saturday. Find out what they had to say in this Purple Wildcats Insider update.

2015 Safety Impressed by Intensity

Ben Oxley committed on Saturday following open practice, which continued to raise hopes about Northwestern's 2014 recruiting class.

Away from major attention, though, Tyriq Thompson – an intriguing safety prospect from King HS (Mich.) – grew impressed by the Wildcats' overall energy.

Thompson's visit began in the film room, where he watched defensive backs learn various formations. And he kept a close eye on the safeties as practice began.

"When we got out on the field, the safeties were hitting hard," he said. "I was watching Traveon [Henry] and Jimmy Hall."

No doubt, NU left an impact on the highly touted prospect. Allen Trieu of recently labeled Thompson "one of the top prospects in the Midwest" in the class of 2015.

His father, Clarence, starred at Michigan, which gives the Wolverines an obvious advantage in his recruitment. Thompson appears primarily interested in three schools at this stage.

"My top three are Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern," he said.

With two years of high school football remaining, Thompson has plenty of time to improve his overall game. At 6-2, 208-lbs, Thompson can attack ball carriers when they reach the second level. Now, he hopes to excel in reading opposing quarterbacks.

"I'm pretty set on coming down to stop the run," he said. "If I can get the coverage down, I think it'll get me a lot more attention."

Speedy Wideout Awaits Opportunity

Thompson's teammate Avonte Maddox also visited Saturday. The 2014 wide receiver continues to earn rave reviews for his speed, and has watched his recruitment intensify in recent weeks. He currently holds three MAC offers, but is receiving interest from NU, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Illinois.

Maddox earned Overall MVP honors at the Adidas Invitational, after which Trieu mentioned his ability to find an opening on "every route." It's not bad for the two-sport athlete, who also excels in baseball.

He understands the importance of being well rounded, and pointed out his various commitments.

"It takes a lot of time off your hands with class, school and two sports," Maddox said.

Still, Maddox found the time to enjoy his visit. He loved the campus tour and believes in the NU vision. Keep an eye on Maddox as his stock continues to rise.

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