Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
Third-year player will compete for playing time at Sam linebacker.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . collected six tackles (two solos, four assists) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . posted two tackles vs. Northwestern, Michigan and Rutgers . . . also had a quarterback hurry against the Wolverines . . . played more than 40 snaps at linebacker, including a season-high 16 vs. Michigan.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . three-time Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Oregon, Rutgers, Ohio State) . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 12, 2015, for the beginning of the spring semester and participated in spring practice.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-year team captain for Coach Dale Harvel at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit . . . tied for the team lead with six tackles for the victorious East team in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California . . . ranked the state's top linebacker in the class of 2015 by 247Sports.com, Detroit Free Press, ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . listed as one of the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 186) . . . ranked among the top 100 players in the Midwest (No. 79) by ESPN.com . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects at outside linebacker by Scout.com (No. 14), 247Sports (No. 33), Rivals.com (No. 33) and ESPN.com (No. 63) . . . ranked among Michigan's top seniors by Detroit Free Press (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), 247Sports (No. 6), Scout.com (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 9), The Detroit News (No. 9) and ESPN.com (No. 10) . . . named to Detroit Free Press and MLive Dream Teams . . . was a Michigan Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State selection . . . also chosen to The Detroit News All-Metro Detroit Team and Detroit Free Press All-Detroit Team . . . helped lead Martin Luther King High School to an 8-2 record in 2014 and a berth in the state playoffs . . . the Crusaders also advanced to the Detroit Public School League title game at Ford Field for the second consecutive year . . . played tailback, fullback, tight end and linebacker for King High School . . . collected 72 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 2014 . . . also rushed for 466 yards and eight touchdowns . . . was named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week after rushing for 205 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns (75 yards, 25 yards) in addition to 12 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown against Detroit Northwestern on Sept. 12 . . . helped lead King to a 10-2 record and the Division 2 state semifinals as a junior in 2013 . . . the Crusaders also reached the Detroit PSL Championship Game in 2013 . . . earned 2013 special mention all-state honors for Division 1-2 by The Associated Press . . . also lettered in baseball and led his team to a city championship runner-up finish in 2014 while playing right field and first base . . . transferred to King High School after playing at Lee's Summit (Missouri) as a sophomore . . . graduated from King High School in January 2015 with a 4.3 grade-point average . . . was an intern writer for the Detroit Free Press . . . participated as a summer math teacher/mentor for the Wayne State University Math Corps Summer Camp & High School Bridge Program . . . son of Clarence Thompson and Monica Ellerbee . . . his father Clarence also played high school football at King High School . . . Clarence was a three-year letterwinner (1993-95) at Michigan and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a safety in 1995; he was selected in the seventh round of the 1997 National Football League Draft (No. 217 overall) by the Indianapolis Colts . . . born Dec. 23, 1996 . . . journalism major.