After one of Georgia’s top running backs, Liberty County High School’s Shadrach Thornton, made a surprising commitment to NC State over Georgia Tech, the next recruiting question is this:
Will Georgia Tech now offer a football scholarship to Allatoona running back Miles Jones?
There has been a lot of speculation that if Thornton committed elsewhere, then Georgia Tech would offer Jones. Thornton told the AJC that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson explained that exact scenario to him during his official visit with the Yellow Jackets, while Jones said he had heard rumors about the same domino-effect situation involving him.
Thornton made the surprising commitment to NC State on late Friday night, but Jones had to hear about when he talked to a reporter over the phone while making an official visit to UGA for Saturday’s game against Auburn.
“Wow, I didn’t hear that,” Jones told the AJC. “That might be good news for me. I heard it was between me and Thornton for that scholarship at running back. That’s what I’ve heard but I don’t know for sure, so I can’t really say what Georgia Tech will do now.
“I hope Georgia Tech offers me. It would be a dream to play there. I’ll be watching my phone to see if they call. This is really exciting.”
What if Georgia Tech offers Jones? “I don’t think I would commit on the spot but I could definitely see myself playing there. I would want to go on an official visit, bring my family and let them spend time with everybody over there. Georgia Tech is a great school.”
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Jones is still waiting on his first D1 offer. He has serious interest from Georgia Tech, TCU and Middle Tennessee State, and moderate interest from dozens of other schools, including UGA.
Back to Thornton: He has had a whirlwind recruiting journey, first giving a “soft” committment to Kentucky after taking a recruiting trip there. Then he listed Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt as his leaders after taking official visits to both schools, and was expected to choose between the two.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound had also visited NC State, but never really talked about them publicly as a serious contender. Obviously, things changed.
“When I told NC State that Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt were my leaders, they refused to give up on me and move on,” Thornton said. “That showed how much they wanted me because I’m sure if I had told the same thing to Georgia Tech or Vanderbilt, they would’ve moved on to other players.”
What won it for NC State? “I sat down and wrote a list of pros and cons about the four schools I visited, and NC State was the best overall fit for me. That where I felt like I need to be going.”
Like with any top prospect, Thornton knows other schools will continue to recruit him until February’s signing day. He said he is “100 percent committed” to NC State.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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