Shadrach Thornton, who is a candidate to be Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at running back, will make an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Liberty County High School is a “soft verbal commitment” to Kentucky, picking the Wildcats while visiting there last month. “Even when I made that commitment to Kentucky, I felt like I made a haste decision,” Thornton told the AJC. He vowed to finish out his recruiting trips, visiting N.C. State and Vanderbilt after Kentucky. Georgia Tech will be his fourth and final official visit.
“Georgia Tech gave me a scholarship offer this past summer,” Thornton said. “They had been looking at me for two years and when I went to camp last summer, that was the first time that coach [Paul Johnson] got to see me in person. I went to camp to have fun, and they really liked what I did up there and offered me.”
Georgia Tech is recruiting Thornton to play A-Back or B-Back. “The coaches are awesome. I like them a lot. It’s also a place to get a great education. I’m giving them serious consideration.”
What will Thornton be searching for the most during his visit to Tech? “Just the family feeling and how I feel around the players.
“I really got the family feeling at Vanderbilt. Those guys were awesome and intense. All the coaches were intense, and I liked it. I flew to Vanderbilt on the Saturday morning of the Georgia game. The head coach [James Franklin], who has a lot of stuff he has to do on a game day, met me at the airport. Not only did he meet me at the airport on game day, he also showed me around downtown Nashville, Tenn. Again, this is game day. That meant a lot. It’s the first time it happened, and I had been on two official visits before that. It was pretty cool at Vanderbilt, and I’m seeing if I get that family feeling at Georgia Tech this weekend.”
Georgia Tech will be trying to edge out Kentucky for Thornton’s services, although the main competition could be Vanderbilt. “As of right now, I’m really l liking Vanderbilt. It’s because of the education, and that they are trying to do something different. They are trying to turn their program around. Here in the near future, I feel like they are going to do it and I want to be part of something like that.”
After Thornton visits Georgia Tech, he will sit down with his mother and coach and go over a list of pros and cons of each of his four finalists. He expects to reach a final decision within two weeks.
Thornton has a 3.3 GPA and plans to study Civil Engineering.
Note: Georgia, as always, is loaded with top prospects at running back. However, unlike last year with Isaiah Crowell, there’s really not one that stands clearly above all. Shadrach Thornton could finish this year as the state’s No. 1 at the position. He has an outstanding blend of size, speed, and vision. The biggest thing working against Thornton is that he plays in a rural area of Georgia, and doesn’t get as much exposure as the other running backs.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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