Thompson Planning Wisconsin Visit

Detroit King four-star linebacker Tyriq Thompson is holding nine Big Ten offers and plans to visit Wisconsin - one of his first offers.

Named one of the top 10 players in the state of Michigan by, Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson has the ability and the skill level to be a national recruit. But with all 11 of his offers from Midwest schools, including nine from the Big Ten, Thompson isn't complaining in the least.

"It's pretty exciting," Thompson told BadgerNation. "It's really a blessing. I am really looking forward to what the future holds."

The last couple of months have been hectic for Thompson. With coaches being able to visit high schools, Thompson admitted he couldn't remember all the coaches who came by Detroit King, except for the fact that he got pulled out of class on a daily basis.

Wisconsin was the second school that offered him when the Badgers extended an offer last summer. Since then, the UW coaching staff, especially tight end coach Jeff Genyk, has been active and diligent in building a relationship with him.

"They've always been in the back of my mind," said Thompson. "I've been talking to Coach Genyk pretty regularly, and I am for sure going to get up there this spring."

Thompson said Genyk has told him that Wisconsin is one of the top schools in the country for education, a big selling point for him. Otherwise Thompson doesn't know much about the school, which is exactly what excites him the most for his soon-to-be-scheduled visit.

"I really don't do too much research before I go on a visit, but it builds up my excitement," said Thompson. "That way when I get there, everything will be a surprise. I've heard pretty good things about Wisconsin, so I am anxious to see the actual campus and get a chance to talk to all the coaches more."

Two schools the 6-1, 220-pound Thompson has been a repeat visitor to are Michigan and Michigan State; schools Thompson holds in high regard.

"Having those two offers, to me, is a really good thing," said Thompson. "If you are good enough to play in your state, you are not good enough to play anywhere. It's pretty much a blessing, and I have pretty good relationships with both those schools."

Despite having a long history of playing safety, the majority of schools are recruiting Thompson as an outside linebacker – a position where he is ranked a four-star prospect and the No.19 player in the country by

"I think that's my best position and I think I am pretty good at it," said Thompson. "With my history being of safety, it's easier for me to go out and cover guys, but I've always loved to hit. It's really easy for me to come into the box and starting hitting people, which is why I think I am good at what I do.

"I think one of my strongest parts of my game is my football knowledge and my football IQ. Everything adds up for me to make me better."

After spending good portions of last spring on the road, going to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp and making campus visits to Michigan State, Northwestern and others, Thompson plans for a much easier spring.

"I don't think it will be busy as it was last year," said Thompson. "My coaches and a few of my teammates might be getting out to a few schools to take a couple visits."

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