Detroit King's Tyriq Thompson has earned offers from Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Allen Trieu)
Michigan State offered one of the top juniors in Michigan this week -- Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson. The offer raised some eyebrows because he is the son of former Michigan defensive back Clarence Thompson. But while many have theorized that a Wolverine offer is all Tyriq Thompson is waiting on, Detroit King assistant coach Terel Patrick says everything is wide open.
“Tyriq's a smart kid,” Patrick said. “He said from day one that he was really going to write his own path. He has a great relationship with his father and really looks up to him, but at the same time, he knows he's an individual, so he's genuinely looking for the best fit for him.”
Patrick added: “It's not, ‘Michigan and then the recruitment is over with,’ type of scenario. All of the colleges that are looking at him, he's really taking every one of them into consideration.”
As a sophomore, Thompson was a standout at Lee’s Summit in Missouri before moving to the Motor City. He has made a quick impact at King, where he was asked to move from safety to linebacker. A put-together 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, he is expected to continue to grow into the linebacker position and play there in college.
King has asked him to play a variety of roles this year, from dropping into coverage, stopping the run and coming forward as a blitzer. After viewing the early season film of him doing all of that, the Spartan staff decided he played their kind of defense.
“Knowing he's been playing this position only for four or five weeks, and to have those natural instincts of being able to run to the ball, diagnose the play, play forward, and play fast is something they figure translates well into what they do up in East Lansing,” Patrick said.
Additional offers have come from Illinois and Wisconsin. Northwestern, which has shown heavy interest, has Thompson coming for a visit this weekend. He will then visit Michigan State and Wisconsin in the following weeks.
Patrick stresses that whichever school lands his star junior will be getting not only an outstanding football player, but standout young man, as well.
“He's the most well-rounded kid I've ever coached on and off the field,” Patrick said. “He tutors middle school kids, he's active in the church community, and he's exceptional academically.”
Thompson is part of the Scout 300 and one of the first four-star players in the class of 2015 on Scout.com.
Four official visitors next weekend
Michigan State will host four of their top prospects for official visits next weekend for the Indiana game: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Madre London, Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade, Tampa (Fla.) Gaither cornerback Armani Oruwariye and Butler Community College (Kan.) offensive tackle Luke Hayes.
London is considering Nebraska along with the Spartans. He has already taken an official to Lincoln.
Slade, a long 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect, is also considering West Virginia and Louisville.
Oruwairiye’s other choices include Vanderbilt and Rutgers, while the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Hayes has already taken an official visit to North Carolina State.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.