There was a major sigh of relief let loose in the Georgia coaches’ offices at the Butts-Mehre Building when news came in that Mike Thornton had indeed signed with the Bulldogs.
Thornton’s addition takes at least some of the sting out of losing five-star wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee. Thornton is a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 3-rated player in the AJC Top 50.
But Georgia’s losses are already being reflected in national rankings. Just the prospect of losing him dropped the Bulldogs from No. 9 to No. 16 in the Rivals.com national poll last night. Columnist Mark Bradley took a comprehensive look at Georgia’s annual recruiting rankings.