Thompson Hauls in Second Big Ten Offer

While he didn't attend Wisconsin's one-day camp on Monday, Detroit King junior linebacker Tyriq Thompson did enough during the Sound Mind Sound Body camp to earn his second Big Ten offer from the Badgers coaches.

Although Detroit King junior linebacker Tyriq Thompson couldn't make it to the Badgers football camp with his high school teammate Jalen Embry, the 6-1, 220-pound did enough during last week's Sound Mind Sound Body Camp to have a Wisconsin offer sent his way Monday.

"I see it as a really big offer; they've been one of the best Big Ten teams the last three years," Thompson told Badger Nation. "That's impressive when you look at the fact that Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have been good the last couple of years. I'm excited to get to the campus sometime in the fall and check out Wisconsin."

Wisconsin send a good majority of its coaching staff to Michigan last week for the camp, including head coach Gary Andersen and tight end coach Jeff Genyk. The Wisconsin coaching staff had also visited Detroit King during the spring evaluation period.

"It was fun to interact with them at the football camp and I got a chance to get to know them a little better and see how they coach," Thompson said. "While at the camp we worked on lateral movements and getting off blocks."

Thompson received his scholarship offer over the phone while he was at his high school working out. Wisconsin is the second school to offer following Illinois.

"The Badgers coaches called me at my high school and that's when they offered me," Thompson said. "They didn't really say much to me on the phone except that they enjoyed coaching me at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp and that they think I'm a really talented player.

"They talked to my coaches mostly on the phone and they told them that they thought I was a sure fire offer kid. My coaches told the Badgers coaching staff that I'm a good player and a good person.

"It just seems like the Wisconsin coaches are cool and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better and just learning more about Wisconsin. Like I said, I know they have a good football program but I want to continue to learn more about them and about their academics."

Having camped at Michigan State and Northwestern this past spring and with no more summer visits planned, Thompson hopes to attend a game at Wisconsin this fall. Between now and then, Thompson will continue working on improve his game and to make sure King achieves its season goal.

"I'm working on my IQ on the football field with reads and I just want to continue work on my game as a whole," Thompson said. "I just want to be a better football player then I was a year ago and help our team win a state championship because we all know were capable of achieving it."


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