Tyriq Thompson, a linebacker from Detroit King, has signed his Big Ten tender and is the first member of Michigan State’s recruiting class to officially join the program.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio announced the addition of the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder in a release Monday. Thompson committed to Michigan State in August.
Thompson, the son of former University of Michigan safety Clarence Thompson, is scheduled to graduate from King in January and enroll at MSU for the start of the spring semester.
“Tyriq is extremely explosive, has the ability to run, has a great get-off and is an outstanding blitzer with the ability to tackle in space,” Dantonio said. “He was a primary focus of our recruiting efforts because he’s a complete football player who fits well in our system. He’s an incredibly intelligent player who can probably play any of our three positions at linebacker.
“The fact that he’s coming here for our spring semester will pay dividends in his development. Our expectations will be for him to play as a true freshman in 2015.”
Thompson, who is rated one of the state’s top 10 prospects in the 2015 class, has more than 500 yards rushing with six touchdowns and has eight sacks and two interceptions this fall for King, which is 7-0 and one of the state’s top-ranked teams in Division 2.
He began: “How unusual is it for a 17-year-old high school student to be the recipient of 90% of his household’s mail? When it comes to college football recruiting in this generation, this is the reality that hundreds of high school athletes across the country face.”