By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – Linebacker Tyriq Thompson, who attended high school in Detroit, chose Michigan State over Michigan this week, committing to the Spartans even though his father once played for the Wolverines.
Rated as a three-star propsect and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Michigan, Thompson told 247Sports that East Lansing feels like home.
The Spartans have won 11 or more games in three of the last four seasons, and they earned national attention with a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory in the 2013 season. Head coach Mark Dantonio has built a powerhouse in a state where the Spartans were long the afterthought to the traditionally dominant Wolverines.
Kids just now graduating high school, however, have not seen the traditional dominance of Michigan; they have seen a Michigan State program that continues to rise, particularly compared to its in-state rival.
“Coach D knows what he’s doing,” Thompson said to 247sports.
247Sports reports Thompson also had offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.