Another member of the Nebraska football program has hit the transfer portal. Running back Ronald Thompkins announced that he was entering the portal on Wednesday via social media.
Thompkins was a three-star recruit and the fifth all-purpose back in the 2019 class per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 50th overall player in his class from the state of Georgia, he committed to Nebraska on June 15, 2018. Playing for Grayson High School, his speed was perhaps his biggest asset to Nebraska football. He could find holes and immediately take off to the races.
This is a little bit disappointing to me only because we never really got to see what he was fully capable of. He was battling knee injuries when he came to the Nebraska football program. He was healing up those knee injuries throughout his time in Lincoln. He did see some action on the field last year, but not a ton.
All in all, he recorded nine carries for 24 yards and a reception for 19 yards in his Nebraska career.
A crowded Nebraska football backfield
With names like Markese Stepp, Sevion Morrison, Marvin Scott, and Gabe Ervin in the backfield, playing time would be slim for him. It also did not help his case that Jaquez Yant had a strong showing in the spring game. Simply put, there is a lot of depth at running back, and there are a lot of snaps to go around.
With all that being said, it appears that Thompkins just did not fit into the equation. That is perfectly okay. This is a case where coaching staff recruits a running back as part of a class, and talent accrues over time. I really do believe that Thompkins has the potential to be a very good football player, it just will not be with Nebraska football.
I certainly wish him the best, and hope that he finds somewhere where he can play. The problem with the transfer portal is, there are a lot of kids in it right now. Thankfully, college football and football in general is becoming more of an offensive game. Running backs with speed and running backs who can catch are catching the eye of many programs