“GA Tech Insider” was right and I was wrong. Mike Thornton did in fact go to Kentucky for an official visit this weekend.
A qualifier first.
I was right for a while at least. In fact, I was right twice. I was right when I wrote early in the week “don’t be surprised if Thornton ends up taking a visit to Kentucky this weekend;” and I was right last night when I wrote that Thornton didn’t plan to go anywhere this weekend. That was after I talked to the big defensive tackle from Stephenson after supper about the Southern Cal trip he plans to take Jan. 29. He told me straight out then he didn’t plan on going anywhere this weekend.
But like they say about recruiting, things can change fast.
Thornton accompanied four Stephenson teammates on a flight to Lexington Friday. Three Jaguars are already committed to the Wildcats — linebacker Jabari Johnson, running back Raymond Sanders and tight end Ronnie Shields. A fourth will likely join them if coach Joker Phillips comes forth with an offer this weekend. Defensive back Chris Sharpe, a one-time Louisville commit, is also made the trip. And I guess now they could get a fifth if they wow the AJC Top 50’s No. 3 player enough this weekend.
Corey Johnson, an assistant coach for the Jaguars who handles the majority of their considerable recruiting logistics, told me Friday night Thornton simply changed his mind.
“At the last minute he decided to go up there [to Lxington] with his friends,” Johnson said. “[Kentucky coaches] were down here Tuesday and they talked to him about coming up there then.”
Which meshes perfect with what “GA Tech Insider” kept insisting in the comments section of the Thornton blog late this morning.
“You might want to check your sources on that,” GTI wrote.
“I don’t know who your source is but mine is Mike Thornton,” I retorted.
About 3 Friday afternoon GTI came back with, “Have you talked to Mike since this morning?”
I didn’t see that comment until much later in the day. And I thought to myself, no I haven’t.
I tried unsuccessfully to reach Mike. Then I texted Johnson.
“Did Mike take the trip to Kentucky?” I rapped out quickly.
“Yes,” was the almost instantaneous reply.
And, yes, I made sure Coach Johnson was not “GA Tech Insider.” He’s not. But I’m starting to have an idea who might be.
Ladies and gentlemen, college football recruiting season is at full boil!