Trieu: Thompson-Robinson has ‘amazing’ UM experience
In each of Jim Harbaugh’s first two full recruiting classes at Michigan, he had his quarterback committed by the time spring recruiting was done.
Two years ago, Brandon Peters committed in early April. Last year, Dylan McCaffrey committed in February. The Wolverines approach May without a quarterback in the 2018 class currently, but Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson visited Michigan for Saturday’s spring game, named the Wolverines as part of his final two with UCLA, and will announce his commitment on Sunday.
The atmosphere of the spring game, and being recognized by Michigan faithful, were highlights of this visit.
“The fans were amazing,” Thompson-Robinson said to Scout’s Blair Angulo. “It was crazy. They treated me like a celebrity and it was cool to take pictures and sign autographs. The players, people around town — everybody seemed to know about us in Ann Arbor. It was great. And the offense, it might not look like it, but we run the same stuff at Gorman.”
Thompson-Robinson’s mother is a Michigan alum.
She accompanied him on the visit and was able to reconnect with former roommates, friends, and even faculty.
As a junior, Thompson-Robinson played behind Ohio State signee Tate Martell and completed 21 of 31 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He saw some time at wide receiver, catching 22 passes for 397 yards and eight touchdowns and ran for six touchdowns as well.
Despite his limited game action at quarterback, his athleticism and high upside have allowed him to earn a bevy of scholarship offers, a top 100 national ranking and a spot in this year’s Under Armour All-American Game.
“We debated waiting until the season to move Thompson-Robinson in to the Scout 100 since he hasn’t had a ton of game action at quarterback,” Scout West Coast analyst Greg Biggins said. “The more we saw him in the off-season and knowing what kind of makeup he has as a leader, it was a no-brainer and his upside is off the charts.”
“He has a strong, physical body,” Scout’s national director of scouting Brandon Huffman added. “He is mechanically strong and has a live arm.”
Michigan fans and coaches will not have to wait long to find out if those attributes will be on their roster next year.
“The reason why they’re both in my top two is because they’ve got everything on my checklist,” Thompson-Robinson said. “They’re great schools and have what I want to study. It’s football, coaching staff, the experience in the NFL within the coaching staff, and just the vibe around the campus. Right now, it’s all about how I feel and what feels right in my heart. That’s how it’s going to go down at the end of the week.”
Major visitors Tuesday
Michigan is hosting three prospects Tuesday who hold scholarship offers from the Wolverines. DeSoto (Texas) twin defensive backs Gemon and German Green and St. Peter’s (N.J.) Prep safety Shayne Simon will be on campus.
The Wolverines are considered among the leaders for all three.
Gemon Green (6-2, 165 pounds) is a four-star cornerback while his brother German Green (6-2, 173 pounds) is a safety prospect. Simon (6-3, 210 pounds) is a strong safety prospect. Notre Dame is considered the main competition for him.
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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.