Ocean senior running back Tyler Thompson has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Massachusetts on a football scholarship.

Thompson announced his decision Friday on Twitter.


One of the best players in Ocean history, Thompson concluded an amazing career by rushing for a career-high 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns for a Spartans team that finished 9-2 and reached the semifinals of the Central Jersey Group III playoffs. Thompson also caught 17 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and made a huge impact on defense with 68 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 6 pass deflections 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.

He ran for over 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons as Ocean’s starting running back, missing out on a fourth only because of an injury late in his junior year.

The Class B North Offensive Player of the Year, Thompson finished his career with 4,866 yards rushing and 52 touchdowns.

Thompson also had offers from Boston College, UConn, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Temple and Virginia.


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