Before Nebraska (Grayson HS)
Ronald Thompkins joined the Huskers from Grayson High School, where he was regarded as one of the nation’s top running back prospects. Thompkins had five carries for 51 yards in the first half of Grayson’s 2018 season opener before he suffered a season-ending injury. Injuries also slowed Thompkins’ junior season, when he averaged 6.6 yards per carry while running for 414 yards and four touchdowns despite only playing in six games. Thompkins also caught nine passes for 201 yards as a junior.
Prior to the 2018 season, Grayson recruiting coordinator Kenyatta Watson Sr. called Thompkins the best player on the Grayson team, effusive praise considering the Rams boasted two of the top 15 players in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Thompkins was regarded as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 5 all-purpose back in the country. He had offers from numerous schools including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Penn State and USC, and he also visited LSU, Minnesota and Tennessee.