Tyler Thompson is a 6-0, 220-pound linebacker at Frederick (MD) Linganore High School, which always seems to be home of a Divison I-caliber athlete. This year, it's Thompson and teammate Joe Riddle who are attracting the interest.
This past season, Thompson racked up 105 tackles, had two interceptions, five fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles; including one that was returned for a touchdown. He also added six sacks to these impressive numbers.
"N.C. State, Maryland, Virignia Tech came by," Thompson said. "Whoever comes by, they talk to (him and Riddle). We go in as a pair."
As he put up big numbers as a junior, Thompson carries a big-time work ethic in the weight room that allows him to put up those numbers. Just a couple months into his offseason training program, Thompson has a bench press of 410 pounds, and has squatted 725 pounds three times; 705 pounds five times.
Thompson will be attending the upcoming Maryland junior day. This past fall, Thompson took an unofficial visit to the UConn-Cincinnati game. With Randy Edsall now at Maryland, he says he's continued to receive interest from both of those schools. Meanwhile, he still expects to hear from Pittsburgh too.
"I loved it up (at UConn)," Thompson said. "The campus is beautiful, their facilities are great, their staff was great. Their players know how to play. It was great even before their coaching change. Even their coach for Maryland who recruited in this area is already in touch with us (at Maryland)."
He talked a little bit about Pittsburgh too.
"I've been trying to communicate more (with Pitt)," Thompson said. "I've been receiving letters from them since the summer; even right before the beginning of the football season."