Brookwood RB Tompkins commits to Michigan State

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Brookwood running back Nick Tompkins took a recruiting trip to Wisconsin over the weekend and it solidified his college choice.

It just wasn't with the Badgers' football program.

Tompkins visited Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday and then committed to Big Ten rival Michigan State on Sunday.

"My dad played at Wisconsin, so that's why they were in the mix," Tompkins said. "They already had a running back committed. They recruited me as an athlete and my heart is at running back, so that's why they were eliminated."

Tompkins' father, Reggie Tompkins, played receiver at Wisconsin from 1984-86, but it wasn't enough to persuade the younger Tompkins to choose the school.

Tompkins had several scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech, Virginia, Arkansas, Boston College, Maryland and California. But the list was narrowed to two Big Ten schools.

"It came down to Michigan State and Illinois," Tompkins said. "Michigan State has a lot more stability and I felt was stronger. They were 10-1 last year and were co-Big Ten champs. It's just a great program that's going places. They will play teams like Notre Dame and Alabama, so I have the opportunity to play against some big-time programs."

Tompkins will join two of his former teammates in East Lansing, Mich. Receiver A.J. Sims signed with Michigan State in February and kicker Erik Yang is expected to walk-on.

"It was a personal decision. That wasn't the reason, but it was one of them," Tompkins said of joining his teammates. "The campus was just amazing, the people are nice, the football facilities are state of the art and it's a great academic school. It's just a good school from football to academics."

Tompkins rushed for 1,890 yards and 22 touchdowns last season to help Brookwood to the Class AAAAA state championship. Tompkins also made 23 tackles as a defensive back. Brookwood opens the season on Aug. 20 against Lassiter in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.

"I just got a great feeling about Michigan State. Why wait?," Tompkins said of the early commitment. "I knew I wanted to go there. I just went ahead and committed."