Regardless, it will be up to Thompson-Robinson to lead the Gaels’ quest for a fourth consecutive USA TODAY Sports Super 25 title in 2017, and that — and his natural talent — makes him one of America’s top junior prospects.
Thompson-Robinson holds scholarship offers from 17 of the nation’s top programs, and is reportedly high on Michigan, Oregon and UCLA, among other teams. He’s expected to commit to a school this summer, which makes the recent move of Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch to UCLA particularly intriguing. Fisch will be the new offensive coordinator for the Bruins, and he certainly won’t stop recruiting Thompson-Robinson now.
However, as others have jumped on Fisch’s recent decision as a harbinger of Thompson-Robinson’s direction, the prospect’s own mother was quick to warn not to read into what her own son might think about the coaching change.
Mom, by the way, is a professor at UNLV and the director of the Center for Health Disparities Research in the university’s School of Community Health Sciences.
Does any of this mean that Michigan has a significant advantage now, or would with Fisch still in tow? No.
But it does mean that there’s someone who is looking out for his future far beyond football. Both Michigan and UCLA are strong academic institutions, and both have terrific coaching staffs. One now has Fisch leading the entire offense where he has left a quarterbacks coaching-sized hole in the other.
Read into that what you will as the murky wheel of recruiting gossip turns.