February 3, 2010

Thornton makes Dawg fans happy

It turns out Stephenson's Mike Thornton doesn't mind Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense after all.

Just a few days after suggesting that he didn't particularly care for that style of defensive scheme, the four-star defensive tackle from Stephenson High signed a letter-of-intent with the Bulldogs Wednesday morning at his school.

Thornton's signing should take some of the sting felt when Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker spurned the Bulldogs for Auburn Monday afternoon.

"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," Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Barry Every said. "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."

Thornton (6-foot-2, 285) chose the Bulldogs over Penn State and Kentucky, but had offers from at least 18 other schools, including Southern Cal, Michigan and Miami.

UGASports was at Thornton's signing in Stone Mountain and will have more on this story later.

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