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.”
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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