August 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Detroit King's Tyriq Thompson, son of former Michigan star, chooses Michigan State

Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson (17) will play for Michigan State in 2015, though his father played at Michigan. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to Detroit News)

East Lansing — Early in the week, Michigan State landed a commitment from a player who was considering Alabama.

On Wednesday it was a player who was considering Michigan. But it wasn’t just about that player contemplating playing at the Spartans’ biggest rival, it was more the fact Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson happens to be the son of Clarence Thompson, who played at Michigan and was an All-Big Ten defensive back in 1995.

“I didn’t feel any pressure from them and they allowed me to take my time,” Thompson told “It’s like family. The guys are bought in to what Coach D (Mark Dantonio) talks about. The people are great and I’m looking forward to forging great relationships.”

Thompson (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) also reportedly had offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pittsburgh, among others. He is the 13th player to commit to Michigan State’s 2015 class.

Thompson is a three-star recruit, according to and 247sports while lists him as a four-star. Rivals ranks him the 10th best player in the state and No. 40 at outside linebacker in the country. Scout lists him at No. 16 at his position and 247sports ranks him No. 27.