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Georgia Tech made a big impression on one of the state’s top running backs.

Shadrach Thornton of Liberty County High School committed early to Kentucky but decided to finish out his official visits. He traveled to Vanderbilt and N.C. State, while saving his last recruiting trip for Georgia Tech this past weekend.

“Right now, my top two are Vandy and Georgia Tech,” Thornton told the AJC. “They stuck out to me the most when I took my visits there. That’s why they are my top two.”

What about his commitment to Kentucky? Thornton already admitted weeks ago that perhaps he rushed his decision and that it was a “soft” commitment. Is he still committed in some form or fashion to Kentucky? “I have to get in touch with them and let them how I am feeling,” Thornton said. “I don’t believe in stringing anybody along. I have to talk to them before I say anything.”

Liberty County RB Shadrach Thornton (Photo by RisingSeniors.com)

Liberty County RB Shadrach Thornton (Photo by RisingSeniors.com)

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Thornton said he plans to finalize his college decision within the next two weeks after talking with his family and coaches.

How was his trip to Georgia Tech? Thornton said he was blown away by his visit, which was punctuated by the upset over Clemson. “It was a pretty awesome,” he said. “The atmosphere was overwhelming. It was nice to see everybody storm the field after the game. The coaches were tremendous but that’s something I knew already from visiting with them before. The bonding with the coaches was pretty cool.”

Georgia Tech went the extra mile to show Thornton how much he was needed and what his role would be with the Yellow Jackets. “They were telling me they want me to play B-back, and that they have numerous ways to get me the ball,” he said. “They showed me some old clips of Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen, along with the many different things they did with them because of their athletic skills. It was very interesting.”

Thornton has rushed for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games for Liberty County.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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K

November 1st, 2011
4:08 am

Stay in your home state!
Represent your state at Ga Tech!
You will be on a winning team with a first class coach and team!

K

November 1st, 2011
4:12 am

The Tech -Clemson game was electrifying, wonderful! Any positive superlative you want to use.
There cannot be a more exciting game in the college football world this year.
Tech fans are so proud of our coaches and players.

Da'Rick is 0-2

November 1st, 2011
5:46 am

K,

Did you see the Mich St./Wisconsin game? I am a Dawg fan and either way we will see him on the other sideline so I hope he stays in state.

Ramblin Man

November 1st, 2011
6:46 am

Would love to see him on the flats, but be sure and take your time this is a big decision. I also hope I read that Tomlinson was impressed and ready to make a commitment along with a few of the others that were there. GT REALLY needs to land another two maybe three good defensive line prospects along with a DB or two, like maybe Shumate.

Destin Dawg

November 1st, 2011
6:50 am

Kids that stay in State… close to support groups… friends and family… generally do better in school and life after sports… everbody can;t go to UGA ??!!

ken

November 1st, 2011
7:35 am

Good luck wherever you go young man. Would love to see you at GT though.

Burdell

November 1st, 2011
8:10 am

See you on the Flats Shad!! GO JACKETS!!!

Tokyo jacket

November 1st, 2011
8:29 am

Could be an important link to this recruiting class. Speed, size and vision works at any position!

Dawg1

November 1st, 2011
8:43 am

It was clear that this kid was pressured by Kentucky and he folded. It is also pretty clear that every place he has been – he has gotten excited about. Maturity for a 17 year old is rare, so I hope people will give the kid a break.

Will likely will come down to how Tech and Vandy finish. The one who finishes stronger has the better chance. Kentucky is in a free fall – no one can blame the kid from walking away from that.

If Tech wins out or comes close to winning out, then they have a much better story. If they play sub 500 ball for the balance of the year, the Vandy may have the better story.

Who knows… Regardless of where he goes, I wishing the best (except win playing the Dawgs).

BobDawg

November 1st, 2011
8:49 am

Vandy & Tech will battle it out for some of the same recruits in the coming years….. Wish you guys would play each other… I’d like to see Franklin and Johnson go at it on the 50 yd line after the game…

BillDozer

November 1st, 2011
8:50 am

I wish him the best of luck. I do not think UK pressured him at all Dawg. Thornton said he hopped on the train because Kadeem Thomas committed and he wanted to experience the joy of committing with him. That was pretty much his statement before. Joker also encouraged him to take his other visits.

As for the Tech atmosphere, someone should tell him to go to another game and then see what its like. He’ll see 41,000 people hanging out. In the end though, Tech makes the most sense by far.

Police Blotter

November 1st, 2011
9:18 am

Has he read the crime statistics for Georgia Tech (and the area around campus)? Anothoer article in the AJC today about the problems around the campus? Why would anyone venture off campus around this area? Is this the way you would want to spend your college career, confined to “safe areas”?

Freddy Blassie

November 1st, 2011
9:25 am

Come on up to Tech and if you can cut it, you can play for a great coach with a great group of kids and get a great education. Did I say great? Great! It ain’t gonna be easy, but work hard and stay out of slippery places and you’ll do…….anyone? anyone? Yep. Great.

Josh Grobin

November 1st, 2011
9:45 am

If you’re “blown away” by Tech”s 30000 fans and this ACC football, perhaps this is where you should go. Better yet, why don’t you put on your BIG BOY PANTS and play in the SEC?

Josh Grobin

November 1st, 2011
9:46 am

Enter your comments here

John

November 1st, 2011
10:01 am

Atl a lot closer than Nashville

buzzwax

November 1st, 2011
10:04 am

GT also had SEVERAL others top prospects on campus Saturday night. Any comments from them?

Looks like the UGA HOMER editors at the fish wrap couldn’t stand to have GT Football in the spot light after our HUGE win!!! So, what do they do, decide to put another ‘GT crime’ story in headlines AND THEN LEAVE IT THERE FOR TWO DAYS. I went to GT in the late 80’s before all of the Olympic construction in and around campus. I CAN FLAT OUT TELL YOU THAT THE GT CAMPUS IS WAY SAFER THAN IT WAS BACK THEN. TECHWOOD HOMES WAS A HUGE PROBLEM RIGHT ACCROSS THE STREET FROM NORTH AVENUE. THIS IS GONE!!! MIDTOWN HAS HAD A HUGE RESURGENCE WITH CONDOS, RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSESS. MIDTOWN IS WAY SAFER THAN IT WAS IN THE 80′S. TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC STATION IS NOW A BEAUTIFUL MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT.

Even the damn article, WAY DOWN IN THE ELEVENTH PARAGRAPH “Crime on and around the Tech campus rises and falls. Tech offered statistics to show that certain crimes have dropped significantly in the last three years. Robberies, for example, dropped from 13 in 2008 to three in 2010″.

Hell there has been more crimes committed by UGA football players than what the AJC fish wrap has reported ON Gt’s campus the last two years……ATLANTA is a BIG city. Crime unfortunately happens. I guess no one should send there kids to Emory, Clark Atlanta, Ga State or GT due to ‘crime’. What a CROCK!!!

GTJason

November 1st, 2011
10:07 am

Bill, Tech won’t have another game this season with less than 50K fans. VPISU is at home, whiteout, and thursday night game which will be full and then the dawgs visit, so which game left do you want him to come to?

Green with Envy

November 1st, 2011
10:13 am

Why is it when anything is written derogatory about Georgia Tech they immediately begin by stating “but UGA does this and UGA does that”? Are you guys really that insecure and worried about someone else. Be happy with your own life and quit worrying about what others have or how they are perceived.

TD

November 1st, 2011
10:15 am

Not less than 50k? Did they bring back the 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs, 4 tickets promotion? How else could they fill that stadium?

GT Fan

November 1st, 2011
10:36 am

Actually TD, GT Jason is telling you that both reamining games, VT & UGA will be sellouts (55,000+).

If you want to come down and buy 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs, 4 tickets (you may miss out on the tix), then by all means come on down. That’s if you’re man enough. After all, it’s downtown ATL…crime, crime, crime, and tough guys like you tend to get scared of their own shadow. Guess the Varsity will sell 4 less Cokes & Hot dogs, eh TD?

GT Fan

November 1st, 2011
10:38 am

Thornton’s size is similar to the Big O, and Orwin was just a 2 star player. Jamie Newburg is awesome at what he does.

JM

November 1st, 2011
10:42 am

Go Jackets! Great news from a very good running back. Hope he choses GT, he’d be a good addition.

GetOffMyPorch

November 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Green With Envy,

Do you not realize how hypocritical you are.

UGA fans coming on here taking pot shots at GT and the ‘crime’ around campus.

GT fans defending themselves and pointing out that it’s not nearly as bad as the AJC portrays it and also referring to UGA’s arrest problems.

Yet GT fans are the insecure ones? Ha! Look at how many UGA trolls are posting derogatory things about GT (there are a few guys with class though, but we all know that is a rarity).

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 1st, 2011
10:54 am

It is not a bad area around the gt campus…. It gets bad when you go blocks and blocks away from the campus…. Gt is a awesome university and beautiful… Loaded with tradition …. Go Jackets!!!

wreckmaniac

November 1st, 2011
11:09 am

Ga Tech and Vandy ? How could these two programs be in the same category ? And I say this after watching Vandy prove that Arkansas is a fraud.

wreckmaniac

November 1st, 2011
11:11 am

Other than Tuitt’s momma, who really wanted to keep her little boy at home, no one really worries about the Tech campus.

Sec 114

November 1st, 2011
11:14 am

Does anyone have any official word on how Dalvin Tomlinson liked his trip to Atlanta? I’m not looking for a commit right now, just some feedback on his impression of the school and the program.

Destin Dawg

November 1st, 2011
11:18 am

a friend of mine’s kid at GT.. in grad school… had his car stolen 3 times in one year.. hot wired older Cadillac !!!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 1st, 2011
11:30 am

GetOffMyPorch, thanks. I was about to type pretty much the same thing you said. Green with Envy is a loser

RedandBalckDawg

November 1st, 2011
11:31 am

Sounds like a good prospect for whomever lands him. If Tech. wants him, they need to play big like they did against Clemson, so he keeps those stars in his mind, of being a nbr 1 B back for them next year. He is a little star struck right now, so he is wise to take a couple of weeks to talk it over to those with the most influence in his life. It is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly.

Flounder

November 1st, 2011
11:36 am

@Destin Dawg … so your friend’s kid parks a Cadillac in downtown Atlanta and is surprised that it is a target for theft?!? A Cadillac … think about it …

Teddy Roosevelt

November 1st, 2011
11:43 am

Do any of you honestly think a football player has to be worried about the crime rate near Tech? If you actually read the reports you would see its actually women and small foreign dudes that are targeted by the criminals. I’m certain if one of them ran up and punched a big football player that they’d end up in world of hurt.

Buzzzed

November 1st, 2011
11:46 am

Be apart of something special at GT:
http://youtu.be/No-LmEUSAG8

Supersize that order, mutt

November 1st, 2011
11:49 am

good point, Teddy. I’m sure some fool would jump Attaochu on the street……yeah, right !!!!

Dumbo

November 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

Hey Techturds….what you say now about ManBoobs the Hypocrite trying to change some kids mind from his original tie-in….just wondering…remember last year how ManBoobs dumped on a kid because the kid took a trip after saying he was Techturd bound…the sanctimonious jerk ManBoobs

GT FAN IN PA

November 1st, 2011
12:57 pm

It is in any city that is associated with a campus. My son goes to Temple and you dare not walk off that campus at night unless you are wanting to get jumped. And to everyone’s point when you are 18 years old YOUR SUPERMAN- we have all been there.

Burdell

November 1st, 2011
1:19 pm

Wow…Dumbo. You’re a regular wordsmith aren’t you buddy? Nice obsession you have with CPJ’s body.

GO JACKETS!!!

Mike Bobo

November 1st, 2011
1:25 pm

When exactly did GT become a university? 49-25-2 @ 10:54 really made that comment? Why don’t you guys keep people like Stephon Marburry off the blogs. Quite embarassing for you that this fan does not know it it Institute of Technology.

TD

November 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

Wow:

55,000+ without a free coke!! You guys really know how to get the fans in. You may actually have a higher season attendance than Georgia State this year.

Dumbo

November 1st, 2011
1:30 pm

Burdell….say what you want…but even Techturds know who I was referring to

IL Jacket

November 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

After reading Carvell’s report on the aftermath of the recruits visit to the Clemson game, seemed like Miles Jones really was high on Tech, but we were waiting to hear from Thornton. Given that they are about the same size, can someone tell me what Thornton’s strengths are that make him our preferred recruit?

NiquePhotog

November 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

I’m not excusing the fans that don’t show up to every game, but GT fans show up when it counts. Those 55,000 were intimidating as hell and caused a lot of communication problems based on the Clemson players post-game interviews.

How often do you hear about Sanford Stadium being intimidating? That’s what I thought….

Police Blotter

November 1st, 2011
1:34 pm

So when you send your kids off to college make sure they have backpacks and pepper spray when venturing outside of the dorms and classrooms.

TD

November 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Show up when it counts? Obviously if Dragon Con falls on a Saturday when Tech is at home there will not be a sellout.

IL Jacket

November 1st, 2011
1:39 pm

OK, let me try again. What are Thornton’s advantages over Miles Jones who is very high on Tech?

TD

November 1st, 2011
1:54 pm

Go ahead and name names there Mr. Techster.

Gerald

November 1st, 2011
4:15 pm

Illinois Jacket:

You could have answered your own question by doing a simple search on Rivals and Scout. Shadrach Thornton is a 3 star recruit on both Rivals and Scout. Despite your claim that Thornton and Jones are “similar size”, Thornton is taller (6′1″ versus 5′9″) and bigger (205 versus 195). Thornton is also faster (4.55 versus 4.63 according to Scout). Also, Jones is a 2 star recruit by Scout and is unrated by Rivals.

It is no surprise that Miles Jones reports that he would jump on an offer from Georgia Tech: right now the kid’s only offer is Kentucky, which is probably no longer still valid. By contrast, Thornton has offers from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, N.C. State and several mid-majors. So … bigger, stronger, faster, higher rated.

Georgia Tech has 11 players that are all rated at 3 stars so far. They only have one RB spot left, and in addition to Thornton also have a couple other higher rated guys that appear to have Tech high on their lists. Maybe Jones will be a last minute pickup like Tony Zenon was a couple of years ago. But if you look at Tech’s roster … they have 15 RBs, 9 of whom are freshmen or sophomores, and that doesn’t include the 4 underclassmen at QB that you have to figure won’t all stay there. I would say that an RB that is under 200 lbs, under 6 feet tall and runs a 4.6 (translation: not a prospect to move to WR or defense because of the numbers at RB) is not Georgia Tech’s highest priority right now. After the season if some of those underclassmen RBs transfer? Maybe, but not right now.

IL Jacket

November 1st, 2011
4:38 pm

Thanks for the good info, Gerald, I do appreciate it. In terms of measurables, I was just going by what Carvell had in his Monday post which had Jones at 5′10”, 203 and a 4.47. Those numbers looked pretty good to me. I didn’t use the scout services, because I think they are somewhat bogus-stars are awarded based on who has offered them, in my own opinion and I guess having seen how some of the 5 stars have turned out, I favor the guy who really wants to be at a place as opposed to the one who wants to do the hat dance in February. If I could trouble you again, how does Thornton compare to this kid out of Florida that is Tech’s other RB commit? Thanks again.

Keeping It Real

November 1st, 2011
4:49 pm

This young man will easily put on 15-20 lbs of muscle in the off season. Sims, Perkins, and Thornton would be a deveastating 3-headed monster at B-back. Since Days is a good runner, I would flip him out to A-back to replace Roddy next year; complementing Smith and Zenon. V. Lee would see significant playing time backing up Washington. There are no Sr’s and only two Jr’s that start on the O-line. On defense, Coach Groh’s 3-4 has matured to press coverage, attacking machine. We will only lose 4 Sr’s on Defense. Bringing back 15 of 22 starters (plus recruits and redshirts), Tech will have a preseason rank in the top 10 next year. Congratulations, Coach Johnson, you have officially re-loaded… sustaining Tech’s program for years to come.