Thompson Hears From Malzone, Camps at U-M

Tyriq Thompson

2015 Detroit (Mich.) King four-star outside linebacker Tyriq Thompson made his way to Ann Arbor for Michigan's camp Tuesday. Thompson recaps the experience, chatting with the Wolverines' coaches, addresses rumors, and more.

A busy week of work for 2015 Detroit (Mich.) King four-star outside linebacker Tyriq Thompson began with his participation in Sound Mind Sound Body out at Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy last Thursday and Friday.

Eager to improve with every rep, Thompson has a theme and consistent approach when stepping on the field in camp settings.

“Sound Mind Sound Body was a pretty good camp this year,” Thompson said. “They usually always are when you have college coaches and so many good guys from the Midwest traveling up to Detroit.

“There’s a lot competition and a lot of opportunity to get better and learn. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

Thompson adding, “I think I did pretty good. I had fun competing and that’s pretty much the main thing I focus on when I go to camps is competing.”

Spending a significant amount of time in front of and with coaches of all levels, Thompson feels he’s made some improvements this off-season that should serve him well in the fall.

“Really just tightening up my game,” Thompson said. “Technique and fundamentals and the small things, cause those things matter.”

Tuesday, Thompson made his way to Ann Arbor to check out Michigan’s football camp, actually deciding last minute to workout for the Wolverines’ coaches in the morning session.

“It was a pretty cool experience because I haven’t really had a chance to be around all the other coaches while they’re coaching,” Thompson said. “Like Coach Mattison, I haven’t really had 1 on 1 or even a team type contact with them recently so it was pretty good to see them in action, see them coach, and see how they coach me and interact.

“They were thorough with their work. And they made sure everything was near perfect to the smallest thing out there.”

With Michigan recently picking up a significant in-state commitment from Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone, Thompson says he’s heard from the four-star talent more of late.

“Alex has reached out to me and we’re pretty cool now,” Thompson said. “Right now, our relationship is getting stronger and it is with a couple of schools, just getting stronger.”

Some rumors circulating indicating Thompson could have a leader in the form of the Michigan State Spartans, the Detroit product denied a leader of any kind, unsure of where these reports are coming from.

“I don’t know,” Thompson said. “I really don’t know what to say because I’ve heard so much.

“Somebody told me that there’s a rumor going around that I’m committed to Michigan State so, I don’t know what to say.”

Still not looking to make a snap decision or even narrow down his list of schools in the near future, Thompson says, “I’ll probably focus on that after my senior season.”

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