March 4, 2011

Georgia RB, picks up Army offer

Army dipped back into the state of Georgia yesterday or more specifically, Brookwood High School in the town of Snellville and extended an offer to all-purpose running back, Nick Tompkins.

For Tompkins, it was his second offer, as he added the Black Knights to his scholarship list which includes Virginia of the ACC.

The 5-foot-10, 180 pound breakaway runner's offer from Army did not just magically appear. Tompkins has been on the Black Knights' radar for some time and the path to Brookwood is a familiar one for the staff.

Currently on the Black Knights' roster are three products of the Georgia school. Starting defensive end Jarrett Mackey, his brother, tackle A.J. and starting cornerback Josh Jackson are all Brookwood alumni.

For Tompkins, receiving the call Thursday evening from Army defensive tackle coach Clearance Holmes has only increased his interest in the prestigious college that sits above the banks overlooking the Hudson River.

"I was just on the phone with Coach Holmes of Army," shared Tompkins of his moment in which he received the good news. "It went well … he talked about the history of the school and everything I need to know about West Point. He was calling to tell me that he was offering me."

So what was Tompkins' reaction to the Army offer? "West Point is a prestigious school and the opportunities for its graduates afterwards is something that is very important to me."

"I have not really spoken to Josh or the Mackey brothers," says Tompkins, who indicated that he is considering majoring in engineering. "Actually I have a great relationship with his younger brother Zach Jackson. I've actually known the Jackson family since I was eight years old. But Coach Holmes encouraged me to ask them about their experience there."

"I'm going to actually try to take a trip up there (West Point) late spring, if not then, I will get up there early summer."

With 1,890 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns on his 2010 resume, you can see why Tompkins is hearing from so many schools.

"Arkansas has actually shown high interest and I talk to them on the phone," says the calm but focused Tompkins. "I've talked to BYU on the phone and talk to Georgia Tech a lot, along with Clemson, Wisconsin, Central Florida and Michigan State. Those are schools that are showing high interest at this stage."

Tompkins self evaluation only confirms what his highlight tape reveals. "I like to run low to the ground and I feel that when I see a hole, I'm explosive to the hole. I will make a couple of moves and when I get out in the open space, I don't feel anyone can catch me."

In addition to football, he is also the right fielder for the school's baseball where he plays right field. Tompkins made varsity as a sophomore last year, where he batted .319.

As elusive as Tompkins may be on the gridiron, he is subtle in the classroom where he maintains a 3.2 GPA. "I'm taking advance pre-calculus and next year I plan on taking advance placement calculus."
In 2010, Brookwood went 14-1 and won the 5A state championship.

So who does Tompkins project the 2011 season? "We lost our best receiver (Andre Sims) who is going to Michigan State and our best linebacker (Cameron Lynch), headed to Syracuse," says Tompkins, who remains optimistic. "Our offense is going to be very good, strong line coming back and our D should be fine … we should go far this year."

Although Tompkins does not participate in track … according to the Georgia native, his best forty was timed at 4.39 and he has personal best 36 inch vertical.

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