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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Thompson has attention of Big Ten

By Jared Shanker

Detroit Martin Luther King coaches made it known back in January to be on the lookout for Tyriq Thompson. Colleges heeded their advice, and now Thompson has two offers and a spot in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300.

Wisconsin is the latest program to offer the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Thompson, who is ranked No. 212 in the 2015 class.

“I think Wisconsin is a great program with their history and the Big Ten championships and the Rose Bowls,” Thompson said. “I’m really excited about them.”

Illinois is Thompson’s other offer, and he is hearing from several Big Ten teams. Among them are in-state programs Michigan and Michigan State.

The Wolverines and the Thompsons are no strangers. Thompson’s father played at Michigan after coming through Detroit MLK. The Michigan coaches and the 2015 prospect spoke last month at a camp, and they want Thompson to make it to Ann Arbor at some point this fall.

“They were saying they need to get me on campus so I can check it out,” Thompson said. “They said it’s a process getting to know each other and getting to know more about me.”

Thompson camped at Michigan State and said he spent a lot of time talking with the coaches. A hybrid between linebacker and safety, the Spartans believe Thompson is best suited as a weakside linebacker in college. The coaches gave Thompson some one-on-one lessons at linebacker in June at the camp.

“They were working me off to the side and giving me pointers on what I need to do,” Thompson said. “I like the coaching staff.”

A visit to Northwestern during the season is in the works for Thompson. He has no favorites.