It is a day Nick Tompkins will remember for quite some time.Â His future Spartan teammates had just shocked his home-state Georgia Bulldogs in a triple overtime thriller at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.Â What could be the next great RB star for the Spartans joined MSU on signing day 2012 and was fired up!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œOh, it was crazy!â€ He told Spartan Nation Radio of the game.Â Â â€œA lot of my friends are Georgia fans, and they were talking a lot of trash when we were behind at the end of the game.Â I had a house of relatives and just felt so great to be a Spartan at that moment.Â I just became even more excited to come up there.Â It was big.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â His family seems to be Spartan-ready as well, as they held a Michigan State-themed party for their son after he signed his letter of intent on signing day.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œA lot of our family and friends came over, and even the house was decorated in green and white.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tompkins is also happy to be able to keep his connection to home alive even after he moves up north.Â By joining the MSU squad, he will be reunited with former Brookwood High School teammate Andre Sims, Jr., a wide receiver who redshirted for the Spartans in 2011.
â€œHe and his parents had told me a lot about the place, and they told me a lot of great things.Â I took two visits after that just to see for myself.Â Being able to play with Andre again is going to be real fun.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In addition to what he had heard from his former teammate, Tompkinsâ€™ impression of head coach Mark Dantonio was a major factor in his eventual decision to choose East Lansing as his future college home.
â€œHeâ€™s great guy, and heâ€™s always been straightforward and honest with me,â€ says Tompkins.Â â€œHe preaches not only from a football standpoint but a life standpoint, and that was really big for me.Â Heâ€™s just an awesome guy."
Â â€œIâ€™m just privileged to be able to play for a guy like that, and it makes me want to work harder to play well for him.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â It is that type of self-motivation that will help Tompkins be successful in Big Ten football.Â He even understands the importance of the mental aspect of the game and admits to psyching himself up before going against certain players.
â€œWhoever the fastest guy out there is, I just get in the mindset that Iâ€™m faster.â€
With a few months to go before incoming freshmen will move to campus for the start of their summer training, Tompkins is ready to get started.
â€œI canâ€™t wait to get up there.Â Weâ€™re all already sporting the green and white down here.â€