Tyriq Thompson profile
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National Rank: 195
Pos Rank: #16 OLB
State Rank: 6
Detroit King (Mich.)
Thompson began his high school career as a safety at Lee's Summit in Missouri, where he established himself as a prospect to watch for the future and began early contact with colleges. Once a move brought him to Detroit King, the offers began. Illinois was first and Wisconsin would soon follow. After a fast start to his junior season, Michigan State offered him in October of that year. Iowa came after the season and Michigan would follow in January. He would visit those schools through the spring and summer. While it seemed like the Hawkeyes and Badgers were in strong contention, it became more clear through the summer that it was a Michigan-Michigan State battle. After camping with the Wolverines and attending their BBQ, Thompson was ready to make a decision and committed to the Spartans after coming up to one of their first practices of the 2014 season.
"I’ve been really impressed with their defense, with their scheme and everything like that. Coach Narduzzi brings the whole defense together and how everybody just gets to the ball and runs to the ball. It’s amazing to watch."
Where We've Seen Him: Best of the Midwest Combine (2013), Michigan State 7-on-7 (2013), vs. Detroit Osborn (2013), vs. Detroit Mumford (2013), Sound Mind Sound Body (2013, 2014), Highlights (2013)
Thompson is a compactly built kid who has always been on the stocky side, but has added good weight to his frame as he transitioned from safety to linebacker. He is turned loose a lot by King and when in attack mode, he plays without hesitation and at full-speed. While we have not seen a reliable stop-watch time on him, his football speed was on display last season. He can still continue to improve laterally, but he can run and cover backs and tight ends thanks to his past as a defensive back. His smarts and intelligence on the field are evident and he is seemingly always in the right place to make plays. He's a strong, physical kid who does not shy away from contact.
While his measureables (size/speed) may not be eye-popping, Thompson is a fantastic football player who plays the game fast, with aggression, and smarts. Sounds like a good fit for the Spartans right? That is why we believe he will end up being a key player for the Spartans, potentially on the earlier end of his career based on his intelligence and work ethic. On paper, it was also a recruiting win for the Spartans to grab a highly regarded in-state Michigan legacy. It remains to be seen exactly which linebacker spot would be best for him, but STAR or middle appear to be his best fits.