Hyattsville, Md-- FOX Sports' Kristen Kenney catches up with tenacious linebacker Tyler Thompson…
Badger Sports 7 v 7…Tyler Thompson
LB/FB Tyler Thompson is 6'/220 and built like a wrecking ball. He is very muscular and powerful. He runs well because he plays at top speed every rep. His attitude is all about playing hard and outworking his opponent. With these attributes it is no wonder Thompson has several schools on his trail. He also talks about what he is looking to achieve on the field during the tournament. "I just want to get out there and have a great time," said Thompson. "I am hoping to lock some people down in the one on ones and show that I have some good footwork and speed against the east coast's top athletes. I also want to take home the team championship too." Thompson talks about the pressure to perform every time he hits the field. "Last year I was a no name player. I just kept telling myself to keep working harder and harder and you will get there. This past year I came in a little bit faster, a little bit stronger and try to stay aggressive every time I play. I try to make it my top performance every time I go out and play." Thompson talks about playing for one of the top football programs in the state and the commitment that comes with it. "First it all starts with Head Coach Rick Conner. He is a great man that does everything he can for his players and his family. He is a great guy. He makes you better all year long on the field and in the weight room. I have played in state championship games and learned from players like Zach Zwinak (Penn State). He taught me how to play. He taught me how to get better at both positions, running back and linebacker. I also learned a lot from Ryan Dixon, Ricky Conner, Nick Marth, Michael Johnson and Kevin Myers. They were always about working hard and if you don't want to work hard then don't come to Linganore. If you don't want to work hard to be a part of the legacy, then you should transfer." His effort hasn't gone unnoticed and several schools are showing interest. "Pittsburgh, Connecticut and North Carolina State I hear from the most. Miami (Fl) and Michigan State have invited me to their camp. I talk to Maryland, University Of Pennsylvania and Coast Guard Academy too. I like the Coast Guard Academy and Penn because academics are very important to me." Thompson is starting to think about other places he wants to get out to this offseason. "I want to get to Michigan State because they have one of the top programs in the country. So I will get to their camp and see how interested they are in me. I also want to get to East Carolina and North Carolina State. I want to get to Maryland more because that is where my family went. I will maybe get to the service academy's campuses as well." With the ability to play on either side of the ball, Thompson seems to prefer defense. "If I played running back in college it would be as a fullback because of my size and lack of top speed. I love to play linebacker because I love run stopping and hitting people. I really like dropping in pass coverage as well." There are a few schools that Thompson would like to hear more from soon. "I want to hear from Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. I would love to play close so my mom can see me play and I can see my family. I would like to hear more from North Carolina and some other ACC schools."
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