U-M Legacy Thompson a "ball hawk" (w/video)

U-M Legacy Thompson a "ball hawk" (w/video)

In 1993, Michigan went to Detroit Martin Luther King (Mich.) high school to secure the signature of a hard-hitting safety, Clarence Thompson. Now in 2013, the Wolverines are back at King and hoping to do the same with the sophomore offspring of a former Michigan great.

Without awareness or any definitive proof of the damage football can cause to a players brain, the safety position in the early 90's was about "head hunting," and the safety position created an intimidation factor for any receiver coming over the middle to make a catch. Between 1993 and 1995, not many were better at this than former Michigan safety Clarence Thompson.

Retired from the game, the former Detroit Martin Luther King product is back in the state of Michigan and has a sophomore son Tyriq Thompson, who also plays the safety position, emerging as one of the top prospects for the 2015 class out of the same school after transferring from Lee's Summit West (Mo.) high school after two seasons.

"I think it runs in the family a little bit," Thompson told GoBlueWolverine. "With him being as good of an athlete as he was I think that rubbed off a little bit, and he's pushing me to be better than he was."

In an attempt by father to show son how it's done, the elder Thompson popped in the film of a rivalry game he excelled in for the maize and blue. And the youngster sees a lot of similarities in his play and mentality.

"He showed me a game against Michigan State and he was pretty much all over the field," said Thompson. "With me, we have kind of similar playing styles as far as being ball hawks and being able to go to the ball, and to get to it quick coming down hill and making plays."

"I love to hit. I love to come up and hit dudes in the mouth."

Thompson quickly made a name for himself on the high school level, wasting no time playing at the freshmen or even junior varsity level. His coaches immediately had him playing on Friday nights under the bright lights.

"They had me playing varsity, and it was just a good experience as a freshman to be able to play at that level," said Thompson. "My sophomore year I was able to get into the mix more. I had six interceptions and a nice amount of tackles. I'm just looking forward to this season, really, to show what I can do."

At 6-1, 220 pounds, Thompson is receiving plenty of interest including the likes of Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ball State, and, of course, Michigan. His father continues to water the Wolverines seed that's firmly implanted in his son.

"He says it's a big family up there," said Thompson. "Like it's just one big family and they're all nice, and the coaches are going to push me to be the best that I can -- just like they did with him. It's pretty much in my blood. Go Blue!"

Thompson added, "I know Michigan, they're one of the top teams in the Big Ten, if not No. 1, and I think next year they'll do pretty good. I'm looking forward to it."

Still early in Thompson's recruitment, Michigan's communication regarding an offer has been limited but if, or even when, the Wolverines decide to offer, the chance to follow in his father's footsteps is very enticing.

"Yeah it would be very hard (to turn down)," said Thompson. "Taking it home to my dad and telling him that I don't want to go there would be a pretty hard thing."

Thompson and his father plan on getting up to Ann Arbor for a junior day visit this spring and, despite not discussing it yet, the young safety has plans to trip to Michigan State and Ohio State as well.

To watch the full video interview with Thompson, press play below.



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