June 1, 2009

Thornton intrigued by Jackets

Stephenson High School has been a hot spot for the Georgia Tech coaching staff in May. Two defensive standouts outside linebacker Tyrone Cornileus and defensive tackle Mike Thornton each have offers from the Yellow Jackets. Thornton has become a coveted player in the last few weeks with offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia and Alabama.

The spring was a busy one for the talented defensive tackle and a lot of schools came by the practice fields to observe him in action.

"I had a great spring and everyone is stepping up for the team. We should be really good, he said. "Some of my visitors during the spring were Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Michigan State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Stanford and some other I cannot think of right now."

The six-foot-two 273 pound tackle benches 330 and squats 450. With several SEC schools hot on his trails other schools have stepped up and offered Thornton in May.

"Some of my most recent offers are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Alabama," he said. "Auburn, South Carolina, and Ole Miss are all coming on strong right now. They are recruiting me the hardest."

The Yellow Jackets intrigue Thornton because he believes he can play right away and have may have to wait for his turn at other schools. Location could also be a big draw for Georgia Tech since Thornton lives pretty close to campus.

"Georgia Tech is a great school academically and a great school for football, he said. "I want to get down there and I feel like I can play. Its really close to home and that's a plus, my family can see me play every Saturday."

Thornton is still getting a feel for the coaching staff and working on his relationship with assistant coach Brian Jean-Mary.

"Coach B.J. and I are trying to build our relationship and take it to the next level, so we can get real with it," he said.

Unlike many top Georgia prospects, Thornton is not planning to participate in any camps this summer. He will attend a couple and watch from the sidelines though.

"I am not sure what camps I am going to attend this summer. I am not going to participate in any camps but I will be there to interact with some of the coaches and check out some schools," he said.

Thornton is not in a big hurry to make a decision either.

"I am not sure when I will decide on a school right now. Steady offers are rolling in every day so I am going to wait it out right now. Everybody is even right now and I hope to have a top 5 at the end of the summer.

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