King's Tyriq Thompson signs with MSU, will enroll early

Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News

Tyriq Thompson, a four-star linebacker from Detroit King, has signed a Big Ten tender with Michigan State. He is scheduled to graduate from King in January and enroll at MSU. Thompson would then become the first official member of MSU's 2015 recruiting class.

Scout.com ranks Thompson (6-1, 220 pounds) as the No. 16 linebacker in the nation for 2015. He made a verbal commitment to the Spartans in August.

Thompson is a two-time captain at King and is the top-rated linebacker in the state according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com, and he is a consensus top-10 overall prospect in Michigan.

"We're very excited that Tyriq has decided to join the Spartan football family," MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's one of the premier linebackers in the country and comes from an outstanding program at Martin Luther King. Tyriq is extremely explosive, has the ability to run, has a great get-off, and is an outstanding blitzer with the ability to tackle in space. He was a primary focus of our recruiting efforts because he's a complete football player who fits well in our system."

Thompson was named the No. 10 player in the state in the preseason by The Detroit News. He currently leads a Detroit King team that is 7-0 and one of the top Division 2 teams in Michigan. He has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game on Jan. 4, 2015, in Carson, Calif.

"He's an incredibly intelligent player who can probably play any of our three positions at linebacker," Dantonio said. "Our expectations will be for him to play as a true freshman in 2015."

Thompson was a first-team All-Metro Detroit selection last season when he led King in tackles with 112, including 10 sacks. He was also named All-State by The Detroit News for Divisions 1-2.

Thompson is the son of former Michigan running back Clarence Thompson and when he committed to Michigan State he also held offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Northwestern.

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