June 26, 2011

Spartans land talented Georgia RB

Michigan State continued to score on the recruiting trail as running back Nick Tompkins of Brookwood High School in Georgia selected the Spartans over a host of other BCS programs. SpartanMag.com caught up with the newest member of the Green and White and got the details.

Tompkins, who is rated a 3-star recruit and the #10 All-Purpose running back in the nation by Rivals.com, selected the Spartans on Sunday evening after visiting numerous schools this spring and summer.

Tompkins was in East Lansing 2 weeks ago learning more about the Spartan program. He followed that up with trips to Illinois and Wisconsin. He also stopped into Nashville check out Vanderbilt as well. Tompkins had 19 schoalrship offers in all, many from top programs such as Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cal, Maryland, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Purdue, West Virginia and Boston College.

We asked him what made Michigan State standout above the rest?

"The people up there really made the difference," Tompkins stated. "It is like a big family at Michigan State and the coaches are really great. It was really the total package of things that made it the place for me. The campus life, the academics, the football and the fact that they are in the Big Ten and play against great teams including Notre Dame every year. The Big Ten was where I always wanted to play."

Though he grew up in the heart of SEC country, Tompkins is very familiar with the Big Ten due to the fact that his father played for the University of Wisconsin. He grew up watching the Big Ten and likes the competiveness as well as the pageantry of the conference. We asked Tompkins about committing to Michigan State and how his family felt about the whole recruiting process?

"We have been talking about things for the past 3 days," he stated. "My whole family is 100% behind me, they are very happy with my choice. We are excited to be Spartans now."

Tomkins called up Head Coach Mark Dantonio this evening to give him the good news. Afterwards he spoke with his former teammate and current Spartan Andre Sims Jr..

"I called Coach Dantonio up and told him that I was officially committed," Tompkins said. "He was really excited. He welcomed me the family and talked about how I am part of a great recruiting class. I called Andre up as well. He was really happy. It is going to be special to play with him again."

The play of Sims and Tompkins was a main reason why Brookwood High School was able to win the Georgia State Championship last fall. The two are hoping to take it to another level in college and bring home a national championship to East Lansing.

One of the things that sold Tompkins on the Spartans is how he will fit into the Michigan State offense. When he was in East Lansing he got an opportunity to meet with Coach Salem extensively and talk about that.

"I had a real long meeting with him and he talked about how they like how I can run the ball between the tackles from the running back spot. They also like that I can come out of the backfield and catch passes or I can line up in the slot as well."

The Spartans will likely try and use Tompkins in a way that is similar to former All-American and current NFL player Javon Ringer. Ringer often lined up as a wide receiver and was an effective pass catcher for Michigan State.

The commitment of Tompkins gives Michigan State a total of 10 commitments for the class of 2012. The class is shaping up to be one of the best in the Big Ten once again. His commitmemnt also continues the trend of the Spartans landing oustanding players from Georgia under the direction of Coach Dantonio and primary area recruiter Dave Warner.

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