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Mike Thornton

College Choices

School Interest Offer Visit Recruited by
GeorgiaCOMMITTED (02/03/2010)12/11/2009Rodney Garner
AuburnNoneNoneTracy Rocker, Tommy Thigpen
East CarolinaNoneNone
Georgia TechNoneNoneBrian Jean-Mary
Louisiana TechNoneNoneChino Fontenette
Miami (FL)NoneNoneWesley McGriff
Michigan St.NoneNone
Mississippi St.NoneNone
N.C. StateNoneNone
Penn St.None11/06/2009Larry Johnson
South CarolinaNoneNone
USCNone01/29/2010Ed Orgeron
West VirginiaNoneNone

Scouting Report on Mike Thornton

How we scouted: Film footage, In-person visits, Game setting, Campby Barry Every - 11/03/2009
  • SpeedDivision I Player
  • SizeDivision I Player
  • StrengthBlue Chip
  • AgilityBlue Chip
  • Lateral PursuitDivision I Player
On the Hoof: Has very wide base with thick thighs and calves and muscular upper body with wide shoulders. His build is very similar to that of Miami Hurricane sophomore Marcus Fortson.
Needs Improvement: Would like to see him improve his hip and knee flexibility, which should help him stay lower at the point of attack and improve his uncoiling power coming out of his stance.
Most Impressive: He has extremely quick feet and lateral movement that gives him the ability to sidestep offensive linemen before they can even get out of their stance. Thornton also possesses a tremendous powerbase which gives him a natural advantage when it comes to leverage.
Conclusion: He could make an immediate impact making the two-deep at defensive tackle because of his size and strength. Thornton definitely has what it takes to eventually become an all-league performer at a position that is the most physically demanding of any on the football field.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina

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Coach's Corner: Mike Thornton04/19/
Top recruiters by conference02/08/ Football Recruiting
Class of 2010: Top 25 recruiters02/08/ Football Recruiting
Signing Day Blitz: Ranking the SEC02/04/ Football Recruiting
Signing Day 2010: The top 25 teams02/03/ Football Recruiting
Thornton makes Dawg fans happy02/03/
Bulldogs brace for Signing Day02/02/
Big Ten Blitz: Big week for the Buckeyes?02/01/ Football Recruiting
SEC Blitz: Big names on the board02/01/ Football Recruiting
Thornton still making up his mind01/29/
Whispers: Who has the edge for top prospects?01/27/ Football Recruiting
Big Ten Blitz: Looking to close strong01/27/ Football Recruiting
New school in the mix for Thornton01/19/
Thornton impressed with new GT DC01/18/
D-backs make instant impact12/30/ Football Recruiting
Under Armour: Sizing up the rosters12/29/ Football Recruiting
Thornton not playing around with Georgia12/14/
Category rankings: Defensive tackles11/19/ Football Recruiting
Video: Mike Thornton gets after it11/13/
Thornton talks up PSU visit11/10/
Thornton preps for PSU11/06/
Video: Mike Thornton wreaks havoc11/06/
Peach State prospects in the spotlight11/02/ Football Recruiting
AMP: Rivals250 Thornton talks recruiting10/30/ Football Recruiting
From the Road: Thornton plays big10/28/ Football Recruiting
Recruit Notebook: Prospects talk AU visit10/19/
Thornton enjoys GT visit10/18/
Thornton heads back to Athens10/04/
Video: Mike Thornton wreaks havoc10/01/
Thornton considering Michigan official visit09/29/
Thornton takes in his first game in Athens09/13/
Recruiting Board: Defense08/31/
Recruiting Notebook: Defensive Additions Part 108/24/
Still high on AU as season begins08/24/
Ga., Ohio and N.C. state rankings released07/31/ Football Recruiting
Will UGA make the cut for Thornton?07/27/
Top Georgia DT makes another trip to AU07/26/
Calif. WRs highlight additions to the Rivals25007/22/ Football Recruiting
Dawg Night Notebook07/19/
Stephenson DT in search of perfect fit07/14/
2010 Defensive Outlook07/09/
Auburn strong contender for Georgia DT06/29/
DT Thornton excited over Michigan offer06/29/
Thornton has travel plans for the summer06/19/
Decision upcoming for Cornileus06/05/
List growing for Georgia three-star DT06/04/
Thornton intrigued by Jackets06/01/
Auburn makes noise with big weekend05/29/ Football Recruiting
Are Dawgs too late for Thornton?05/20/
Clemson offers MVP DT05/20/
Cornileus plans Cane unofficial visit04/27/
Pass rushers put on show at Athens Nike04/26/ Football Recruiting
Carolina impressed Peach State DL04/13/
Georgia D-linemen planning to check out Rebels04/06/
Ga. DT high on Canes04/06/
Georgia defensive tackle has NC State offer03/31/
Georgia linebacker visits Auburn Thursday03/13/


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