Ronald Thompkins

Ronald Thompkins missed his senior season due to injury but flashed plenty of potential as a junior at Grayson High School, a powerhouse in Georgia.

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Ronald Thompkins

5-11, 195, RB

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School

247Sports Composite: 3 stars

Rivals: 3 stars

ESPN: 4 stars

Other key offers: LSU, Penn State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, Southern California

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How he got here: Nebraska recruited Thompkins for a long time. The running back had an offer from the previous staff that held when Scott Frost came into the picture. Early on, Thompkins was a Florida State commit, but he decommitted in September 2017. NU running backs coach Ryan Held had to do some legwork to win Thompkins. The recruit visited Tennessee twice and took an unofficial to Georgia State. An Alabama offer came in March 2018, and LSU and Penn State hosted him in April 2018 on official visits. But Held, with the help of tight ends coach and Georgia recruiter Sean Beckton, sealed the deal in June. The commitment held, too.

Our take: Thompkins tore an ACL in August, but his junior-year stats for powerhouse Grayson High show what he could be at Nebraska when healthy. Thompkins played in six games in 2017 with 414 rushing yards (6.6 per carry) and had nine catches for 201 yards (22.3 per catch). A potential fit for the hybrid “Duck-R” position, the 6-foot running back could make an impact soon, depending on that ACL.

They said it: “Power back with speed, and I really mean power back. ... He’s got a combination of quick feet, he’ll get to the hole but he drops his shoulder at times, he will go through a defender, breaks tackles, even though he runs a little high, he still does that.” — “The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe