Nick Tompkins still strong to MSU
Nick Tompkins
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 22, 2011
Chad Simmons


ATLANTA, Ga. - Nick Tompkins won a state title last season at Brookwood and he plans to take that winning attitude to Michigan State.

Nick Tompkins committed to Michigan State late in June and he is as solid to the Spartans as ever.

"Michigan State offers an environment that provides an opportunity for me to develop a well-rounded foundation for the rest of my life," said Tompkins.

"Instead of selecting a school based on pure emotions, or arbitrary factors that matters to others more than me, I measured the schools where I had offers from against the following criteria: academics, opportunity to compete at running back, program stability, community support for the program, campus life, and fan support.

"There were some schools that scored better in one are or another compared to Michigan State. However, Michigan State scored better across the board. My commitment to Michigan State is strong, unless there are some unforeseeable circumstances or events that impact the coaching staff and/or athletic department."

The head coach at MSU is someone Tompkins has really connected to.

"I have a great deal of respect for Coach Dantonio and his staff. There are three things that stood out most about the staff. One, Coach Dantonio’s mission statement or success factors for his players focuses on becoming the best you can be as a total person, not just an athlete. Two, faith and belief God – Christian values. Three, straight talk with Coach Salem (RB Coach) – our conversations have been about working hard, RB fundamentals and always working to improve."

There are still a few schools recruiting the 5-foot-9, 185 pound running back out of Snellville (GA) Brookwood, but Tompkins is 100 percent committed to the Michigan State Spartans.

He is ready to take his talents to East Lansing and make plays.

He talks about his game.

"I feel that I will take a running style similar to Marshall Faulk when he was at San Diego State. I won’t be the biggest back, but I’ll be fast, quick, and versatile enough to participate in the passing game. I’ll be able to make a difference with big play ability. I know it won’t be easy. I’m willing to put in the hard work, and do the things necessary to make what I said come true."

Tompkins has not set up his official visit to Michigan State yet.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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