May 16, 2011

Spartans looking South for next great RB?

Michigan State did not sign a running back in the class of 2011. For that reason the staff is working hard to address this position in the class of 2012. One of the players they are focused on is Nick Tompkins of Brookwood High School Georgia. SpartanMag.com caught up with this standout prospect and got some details on his recruitment.

Last year Michigan State picked up an early commitment from wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. of Brookwood High School. Throughout the fall, the Michigan state staff was able to follow his teams run to the Georgia State Title. While watching Sims play, the staff came away very impressed with Tompkins ability to get the tough yards as well as make the big play from his running back spot. Earlier this year, Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio extended a scholarship to the 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect.

Tompkins had a tremendous year while helping lead Brookwood to the championship. On the season he rushed for 1890-yards and scored 22 touchdowns. In addition to excelling on the football field, Tompkins also maintained a solid 3.2 GPA in the classroom.

SpartanMag.com asked Tompkins about how many offer she has and the teams that are currently showing him the highest-level of interest.

"I have 16 offers right now," Tompkins said. "I am hearing most from Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Mississippi State. I think Penn state and Clemson could be close to offer me as well."

With an impressive list of offers, Tompkins has been working hard to visit schools and learn as much as he can about all of them. We asked him what he is looking for in a college and what makes him such a high-level recruit.

"I am looking for a school with great people he said. I want to go to a place with honest coaches, a strong business program, great live campus life and of course great teammates too. My strengths as a player are my speed and vision."

With his teammate headed to East Lansing, we asked Sims if he has been to Michigan State and if Sims is hoping to continue playing with him in the future.

"Yes, (laughing) Andre wants me to commit to Michigan State. I keep in contact with Coach Warner. I was up there this winter, but did not see a lot of the campus due to the snow. I plan on getting back up there again this summer."

Winning the state championship last year has put a bull's-eye of Brookwood for the upcoming season, but Tompkins is confiedn that his team can make another run. He also talked about when he plans on making his college choice.

"I would like to make my decision before my senior season," he said. I think we have a really good chance at competing for another state championship."

With Tompkins running the ball don't be surprised if Brookwood is once again in the championship mix. He has been working hard in the off-season and is actually bigger, stronger and faster than he was as a junior. The 2000-yard mark is not out of the question if he gets 200+ carries.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to continue to follow the recruitment of Tompkins in the coming months. With running backs Edwin Baker[db] and [db]Larry Caper, both entering their junior seasons, the opportunity will be there for a class of 2012 running back to come in and eventually become the feature back. You can be sure the Michigan State staff will want to host Tompkins on an unofficial visit this summer so he can see and learn more about the program as well as interact with many of the current players.


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