RB Nick Tompkins commits to Michigan State over Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Maryland

Nick Tompkins, RB for reigning GHSA Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood High School (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Nick Tompkins, RB for reigning GHSA Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood High School (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

The star running back on the high school football team that won last year’s state championship in Georgia’s largest classification committed to Michigan State on Sunday night.

Nick Tompkins picked Michigan State over Illinois, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Maryland, among his 20 early scholarship offers.

“Michigan State felt like the perfect place for me, it was the complete package,” Tompkins told the AJC. “I gave it a lot of thought. I got that gut feeling about Michigan State and went with it. I knew they were only going to take one running back and I wanted it to be me.”

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Tompkins will be following two of his teammates from Brookwood High School’s 2010 GHSA Class AAAAA state championship team to Michigan State. DB Andre Sims Jr. signed with Michigan State last February, while kicker Erick Yang will walk-on with the Spartans. Tompkins has one more season remaining at Brookwood.

Tompkins passed on the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps to play college football at another Big Ten school. Reggie Tompkins starred at Towers High School and later played wide receiver at Wisconsin.

“Nick felt like he wanted to play in the Big Ten,” the elder Tompkins said. “He likes the SEC, too. Georgia didn’t offer him. Florida came to see him but they obviously have a couple of commits. He liked Vanderbilt. He got offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and that kind of thing.

“If Georgia Tech had offered him earlier, he would’ve probably committed to Georgia Tech back in February. When he didn’t get an early offer, he still really liked them. In fact, I thought it was going to be between Georgia Tech and Maryland. But the more time he spent with the Big Ten schools, the more he wanted to play in that conference.

RB Nick Tompkins (No. 32) will be following two Brookwood teammates to Michigan State (AJC photo)

RB Nick Tompkins (No. 32) will be following two Brookwood teammates to Michigan State (AJC photo)

“Michigan State said they were only going to take one running back for sure. They’ve offered some pretty good running backs, some of the top in the country. He wanted to make sure he would get that spot. He has been going back and forth the last 2-3 days talking with the Michigan State coaches. Nick is excited to be playing for the co-Big Ten champions. They have great fan support and he will get a great education.”

Tompkins has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.38 seconds. Last year as a junior, Tompkins rushed for 1,890 yards and 22 TDs on 229 carries for 14-1 Brookwood.

“There are some people with questions: Is he big enough to play running back at the highest level of college football?” his father said. “They don’t question his speed and they don’t question his heart. But by the time he gets on campus at Michigan State, he’ll be at 190 pounds. He’s a young man and has time to develop. Nick likes challenges. He believes he can play running back for a big-time school in a big-time conference, and Michigan State provided that opportunity.”

Tompkins said he has a 3.2 GPA and will study business or engineering.


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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? mcarvell@ajc.com


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Yellow Fuzz

June 26th, 2011
10:17 pm

GT 89

June 26th, 2011
10:25 pm

Good luck at MSU. You’ll likely be playing against the sec in bowl games at some point.

Gold Whitey

June 26th, 2011
10:43 pm

I saw this guy run up and down the field against a very fast defense in the championship game last year. Very impressive. Would have been nice to get him.


June 26th, 2011
10:49 pm

“Brookwood RB spurns Tech” Micheal, he also turned down a few other schools. Be fair and balanced and report the same way for other schools. Can’t wait for all the “Turned down the Dawgs” stories.


June 26th, 2011
10:50 pm

WHY is this blog entitled “Brookwood RB spurns GT”?

This kid had 20 scholarship offers……why not just state the kid decided to sign with Mich St or report that he signed with Mich St over 19 other schools including GT??

The ONLY reason is because the hacks at the AJC want to spin everything GT in a negative light (especially when it comes to recruiting)! These GT haters (many of them are also UGA graduates) should be ashamed of themselves, but they are probably proud.

GT is located in ATLANTA and this paper is the ATLANTA Journal Constitution…….one would think the staff (or atleast a few of the staff members) would support the primary college football team in the city………..UGA is in Athens; not the City of Atlanta!!!!!!!!! I understand why the AJC covers UGA as they do (and I do not have any problems with the coverage of UGA – local papers should provide details and insightful information regarding the local teams), but the negative spin and attempt to hurt GT at every turn is simply childish and unprofessional. It is exactly the same with political related topics……….the Dems get all of the positive spin and the media protects these guys while Conservatves/Republicans get negative spin and constant bashing each and every opportunity the media pundits get a chance! Grow up guys & gals.

Michael Carvell

June 26th, 2011
11:05 pm

@Rufus, GT Grad: Thanks for your comments. This blog is titled “RB Nick Tompkins commits to Michigan State over Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Maryland.” Look at the top of this blog page. Please keep the discussion on the topic of this blog. Thanks

Donald S

June 26th, 2011
11:06 pm

GT GRAD you must be looking at the headline “Brookwood RB spurns RB” on the AJC’s Sports Page, which is written by the AJC’s Sports editor. That has nothing to do with Carvell. All the AJC bloggers only write the headlines in their blog. If it pops up somewhere else on the web site with a headline, the other one is written by someone else.


June 26th, 2011
11:07 pm

Wow gt tell it. Go cocks


June 26th, 2011
11:09 pm

I actually like the ajc, because of the recruiting updates. Keep of going cover some of sc I know a lot of Carolina fans living.in ga. Thanks


June 26th, 2011
11:16 pm

The front page under sports is where the AJC states Brookwood RB spurns Tech.

He didn’t spurn UGA because he wasn’t offered. Maybe it would have read spurns GT & UGA otherwise..

Would that have made you feel better?

GT Grad, the dude just felt more comfortable at Michigan State for some reason. That’s all.

Some of you guys listen to way too much right wing, ultra conservative radio.

Uncle Tom

June 26th, 2011
11:28 pm

GT Grad—–if it makes you feel any better, most of the Dawg fans are right wing zealots like you. So I’m sure the Communist-run American media upsets them also. But I do sympathize with you—–to be a Tech fan while living in our Communist utopia must surely make life miserable.


June 26th, 2011
11:52 pm



June 27th, 2011
12:21 am

Call us after that first winter

I'm just saying

June 27th, 2011
1:29 am

Good luck to you young man….hard to think that one of the most depressing cities in this country is where you will be getting your education. MSU isn’t a bad place but Flint is about as horrid as you can get.


June 27th, 2011
3:43 am

This is a case where the recruit may have been better off at GT since CPJ offense runs the ball over 90 percent of the time. He might have been a great B-back at GT.


June 27th, 2011
3:53 am

Congrat to the kid.


June 27th, 2011
4:47 am

First the jenkins co duo, then jordan watkins now this kid can tech ever get a big time football player? Oh yea I forgot tech is the hardest school in america so you wont attract good athletes. (i said it for you so you wont have to say it over and over and over again!)


June 27th, 2011
4:58 am

Good luck!! Surprised Wisconsin wasn’t the front runner, considering the family ties.

Boobie Bowden

June 27th, 2011
7:10 am

Good luck, Mr. Tompkins.

Lester Miles

June 27th, 2011
7:31 am

Uncle Tom and dd You should be thankful that Michael is available for this info. You may not like the headlines (I don’t always) but Michael is not a mean or vindicative person. The other blogger (CT) will not post your comments if you question him. I asked him who at the AJC requested info under the FOI Act about pocket dialing since the AJC cannot talk. Not only did he not post my comment (which was not vulgar and had no profanity – which I don’t believe in using) he will not post any of my following comments. He found it easier to ban me than to fess up that he is the one posting the negative articles (See the one today about UGA athletes under scrutiny) Again be thankful for an honest man like Michael.

Lester Miles

June 27th, 2011
7:34 am

To be fair to CT he used to provide some useful info in his prior life. But the sniping at the Dawgs heels is unbecoming.


June 27th, 2011
7:42 am

At least the other guy up in Athens is out doing God’s work while he’s losing recruits to schools OOS, Coach Fish Fry is trying his best and he still can’t reel in any “real big timers”.

Watkins from Woodward Acad. has a great Academic Background just like Tuitt & Vaughters last yr., and GT has come up goose-eggs on all three, throw in Geno Smith from another Private School, St. Pius, and one has to ask WHY Coach Kung Fu Panda cannot close on Elite SAs from Private Schools and those from Public Schools with good academic backgrounds.

Coach Fish Fry is the only GT HC in recent times to have TONS of Academically Qualified local talent to choose from and still not be able to get “GT’s fair share” of them.

If there is a WORSE RECRUITER in a BCS Conf. than CPJ, I’d like to know who that HC is!

Vampire Bill

June 27th, 2011
7:58 am

5′9″ 175, You got to admire a young man that can perform at that size. Best of luck to you.

Ramblin Man

June 27th, 2011
8:16 am

Sucks to not get him, but I was way more disappointed that GT lost Martin Aiken yesterday to Clemson.


June 27th, 2011
8:25 am

Mich St is a good school and he liked it up there. Enough said! Good luck!!


June 27th, 2011
8:32 am

@ “I’m Just Saying”

You do realize that MSU is in East Lansing, which is over an hour away from Flint?

GT Fan

June 27th, 2011
8:47 am

That’s too bad. It would have been nice to see him play in State. Oh well, as long as his friends and family have money to buy plane tickets each week to see him play then it will be OK.

Big Macon Dawg

June 27th, 2011
8:52 am

Not surprising.

I wouldn’t want to play for crappy Georgia Tech either.

Shadrach Thornton

June 27th, 2011
8:53 am

Not getting Tomkins is OK with me. Shadrach Thornton is a better fit for RB running our offense. Dude is like a bowling pin that just won’t go down. Here’s some film if anyone is interested. Hope we get this kid!



June 27th, 2011
8:54 am

Wne, He just might be the worst recruiter ever to coach at GT, but then we will have all the Bozo’s insist that he has recruited better than Gailey, based on those silly stars…. The only basis is Wins and Losses… CPJ will prove this year(with an easy schedule)by going 6 and 7 that the players he has recruited are not capable of D1 play… Or maybe this mickey mouse offense we run will prove incapable of beating anybody that is the least bit competitive… Time will tell.


June 27th, 2011
8:56 am

Just Sayin; ummmm…you do know that Flint is not the same city as Lansing…and that Lansing is where MSU is, right? It would be kind of like me saying “good luck playing at LSU; Shreverport is a cesspool”.


June 27th, 2011
9:03 am

Just sayin……….It might be time for a new Atlas or a refresher in map reading. lol


June 27th, 2011
9:06 am

Oh, good luck Kid…. Hope your use to COLD weather….


June 27th, 2011
9:07 am

Michael, read the headlines on the homepage for the ajc sports section. Sure the article is titled as you mentioned, but not the tagline on the homepage, and that is what draws the reader to read the full article. Something tells me that you knew what Rufus and GT Grad were talking about. Don’t be so hard on your readers, or you won’t have any!


June 27th, 2011
9:14 am

Recruiting: Brookwood RB spurns Tech

Please Michael, this if from your employer…… Don’t try and rationalize just take responsibility…. I mean, Good Grief!


June 27th, 2011
9:20 am

Good Luck Kid! Now with OSU on the shelf someone else up there may have chance to get to a major bowl and get drilled. You could have went to UGA, rode the pine behind some thug with no drivers license and went to the Liberty Bowl. What’s not to love about that?

5 Foot 9 Inches

June 27th, 2011
9:20 am

Good luck playing RB in the Big Ten, but I’m afraid he is way too small to play that position, much less make the cut for #1 RB against all the other bigger men. Seems to me he’d make a better WR.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 27th, 2011
9:21 am

It sounds like he wanted to follow some former team mates to MSU. That might have been his biggest reason. Wish the kid luck, no matter what. He is doing what he thinks is best for him.
Just make sure the kids coach tells him to pack some long johns though, because it does get cold up there, LOL. The joke I always heard about kids going that far north, was that their S and C program consisted of shoveling snow.

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June 27th, 2011
9:29 am

Shadrach Thronton……..wow nice video!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 27th, 2011
9:51 am

5 Foot 9 inches,

For an athlete, he is in the couple of years where he can see some pretty good growth as far as weight goes, but he will probably always be 5′9″, or there abouts. He needs to add some weight on that 170 pound frame but with the right s and c program, that will be easy enough to do. At 5′9″, I am not sure his future would be at WR. He would be shorter than most Cb’s that would cover him, so that would not be real good.
I think his best shot at playing at the next level is RB. Now if he were a Percy Harvin type player, then he could utilize his running and receiving skills to their full potential, but I am not sure they make those kind too often. A Rb, with similar physical features when he started that comes to mind was Warrick Dunn, and although he was short, he was a really good running back.


June 27th, 2011
10:13 am

As alway, You knuckleheads try to make it about yourself. It about this young man and his decision to play football. He found a place where he felt comfortable and that wanted him. Tm many people think that these kids should wait for the in-state schools to come calling when they should be doing there jobs to get these kids if they want them. If you look at the last 25 kid to commit they all have over 3.0 gpa which tells you that to many of the schools in state are over looking quailty kids so next class see this studip stuff and already start looking else where to go. I’m happy for his parents and family because if a free education and that all we want. I would have love the kid at Vandy with all the other GEORGIA


June 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Do you realize how cold it gets in Mich. ? You better run fast and get your blood warmed up my young friend. But I’m sure its a great school. Best of luck young man. “SPURN” means to reject with scorn Michael. Was that the case with Ga. Tech?


June 27th, 2011
10:30 am

Tech puts a running back in the pros about every year. As bad as it is for a quarterback it is good for running backs. I am with GT Grad on the negative lead in but we are what we are at Tech and when we win it is by a very independent effort. The day of the press controlling anything locally is long past. Even Georgia is as good as last year’s product.

There is not a huge amount of respect for the Big 10 down south. I was doing a lot of business in Texas and was very surprise how much more respect they had for Big 10 today football. They were talking out there about if the NCAA didn’t get its act together the Big 10 and the Pac were pulling out and forming their own NCAA type organization. The Big 10 is about like triple A baseball they might get the gate but the brand football us there is not what it use to be. Even in the NFL drafts the ACC gets more in than the Big 10 and don’t even go to the SEC.

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June 27th, 2011
10:35 am

MC, Chip ask me to refer this question to you. Can yo help a brutha out with the answer? Thanks!

I saw in the latest edition of The Sporting News that Keith Marshall no longer had UGA on his his list. If I remember correctly, he had Awbarn, Bammer, Clem & Son, North & South Cakalaki. Any word on this?


June 27th, 2011
10:36 am

sorry, make that you!


June 27th, 2011
10:40 am

Welcome to the Spartan family Nick. You will love your time at MSU and be a Spartan forever. Ready to follow in Ringers footsteps? Let’s go.

DieHard Spartan

June 27th, 2011
10:52 am

Welcome aboard, Mr Tompkins. You’re going to look real good in Green & White and you’re going to love it in East Lansing. I can already picture you streaking down the sideline for the winning touchdown in Ann Arbor. Spartans Will! We’re glad to have you.