Internet Sensation Also Fine Prospect

Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Sep 30, 2010
Bill Greene


One look at the hits created by the unbelievable touchdown run by East Liverpool junior quarterback Marky Thompkins, explains the youngster's new-found popularity. The highlight run has been featured across the country, from YouTube to ESPN, and it does show the athletic ability that has college recruiters inquiring about Thompkins. Bill Greene has more.

Although East Liverpool (OH) junior quarterback Marky Thompkins has recently been discovered as an internet legend because of one amazing play, he is also drawing recruiting interest from college programs. Watch the play below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvTwxIZZOkc

"I didn't even think about it, I just reacted," Thompkins said of the run. The play was called back, because it is a penalty in Ohio high school to hurdle an opponent.

Thompkins, 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, is the star quarterback of the 4-1 Potters, even though he probably projects as a slot receiver or defensive back, at the next level.

"Things are going good for me, and I'm a lot better player than I was last year," Thompkins stated. "I'm throwing the ball a lot better than I did last year, which was my first year as a starter. I've also started in basketball since I was a freshman. I like both sports, but I'm probably a better football prospect for colleges."

"I know I won't be a quarterback in college, and schools are telling me that," he added. "They are talking about wide receiver or defensive back, to use mt athletic ability. I like playing defense, but I'm willing to play anywhere to help my team."

Several top programs are inquiring about Thompkins, and he has been invited to home games by nearly all of them.

"Tennessee just called this week and spoke to my coach about me," he explained. "Stanford, Indiana, Illinois, UCLA, Cincinnati, Duke, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Colorado State and Toledo have all called recently, too, and most of them want me to come to games. I also have invitations from Pittsburgh and Penn State to go to their games. I'm hoping to start going in the next few weeks."

It also appears one other in-state school has taken notice, and is about to enter Thompkins' recruitment, as Ohio State called the school this week.

"My coach just heard from Ohio State today (Wednesday) and they want me to visit for a home game," Thompkins said. "Ohio State is my favorite team, and the team I've always rooted for. It's an honor to hear from them, and I will definitely be scheduling a visit some time."



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