He had 30 Division I offers including Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. His last three schools were his MSU, Penn State University, and Cincinnati, but ultimately he said he chose Spartan for his final visit. “That’s when I really took my whole family, my mother, my father, my uncle,” Thompson told the Free Press. Detroit Cass Tech DL Jalen Thompson “As soon as I left, I knew this was the place I wanted to be, and so did my family.”
The Michigan State University soccer recruitment train is in motion. On Monday, the Spartans added his four-star defensive end Jalen Thompson of Detroit Castec, who ranked him No. 3 in the state in the 2023 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Thompson is his fourth top 200 player in the MSU League, with him ranked 197th domestically.
Thompson is the 11th he has verbally committed to MSU in the class of 2023. He is a four-star recruit. From 2018 to 2022 he had only 12 total four-star recruits in the program. MSU coach Mel Tucker has been busy recruiting plays all summer to get players into his program with fancy cars, gold chains and even live goats. So far, it’s performing well in the 2023 class. “We’re off to a good start in class, but the boys won’t sign until December…so we still have a long way to go,” Tucker said Monday morning.
“It’s going to be an overall advantage”. The 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound defenseman joined Cass on his Tech varsity team as a sophomore, and the recruiting backlog exploded a few months later. Cass Tech coach Marvin Rushing is not only one of the best linemen he coached during his Technician days, but he also has a “tremendous” first step and a “violent” hand. Play – said he is one of the best.
We have some good players who are very interested, but we are still recruiting every day and we still have a long way to go”. Thompson says he’s been thinking about MSU for a while, and his 11-2 record in 2021 shows Mel and his Tucker coaches are on track with the program. He also said defensive line specialist Brandon Jordan is another selling point for the program. “It’s great because first, he’ll get my attention, and second, you’re being coached by someone who’s coaching the best people in the league,” Thompson said.