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Thompkins surprises Frost, commits to Nebraska

Ronald Thompkins has been in regular contact this spring with Ryan Held and running backs coach in Lincoln received some good news from the Peach State running back.

The 6-foot, 195 pound running back out of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson has committed to Nebraska and the news was not expected by Scott Frost and his staff.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: "I committed to coach Frost and coach Held Wednesday and they were definitely surprised," said Thompkins. "As soon as I told them, the whole staff was going crazy about my commitment.

"Nebraska has always been on me hard since day one with recruiting. When it got down to a critical point of my decision, the comfort level, the business programs they are offering, the opportunity to get a chance to play early and also the amazing facilities they have all in one kinda helped me make the decision.

"Also the opportunity to experience something new and different also pushed me towards Nebraska.

"I have talked to Breon Dixon and Mohamed Barry (former players at Grayson) and they told me it is full of energy there and a family environment everywhere.

"I plan to be out there June 22 for my first visit, then take my official visit in the fall."

RIVALS REACTION: Thompkins is one many want to see play this fall. He went down early last season with an ACL injury, so he was held out of contact drills this spring and he is ready to hit the field full speed when fall camp starts. Not many know the type of athlete Thompkins is. Some schools even liked him as a defensive back. He has good size, he can run with authority and he is a back that had a little wiggle to his game before the injury. He was at one time committed to Florida State and Mississippi State was viewed as the favorite by some this spring, but the Huskers worked this one well behind the scenes and picked up the commitment.