This scatback can play

Much more than coaches, fans tend to obsess over an athlete's reported size. But as Bama's Shaud Williams has shown, short backs can rack up the yards as well. <br><br>What Homewood's Brandon Thornton lacks in height, he more than makes for in production.

A smallish tailback (5-9, 185) who plays much bigger than his size would indicate, Thornton was the Most Valuable Player in last years class 5A state championship game against high-powered, Russellville High school.

Sporting a 4.50 40-yard dash time, Brandon Thornton leads his team to victory with a combination of power and breakaway runs.

Brandon Thornton pictured at this summer's NIKE football camp.

Thornton rushed for 1,455 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior, while also catching 21 passes for 282 yards and five scores.

According to his coaches, the best way to describe the Homewood High School product is as a "player that makes things happen. By definition, he's a winner."

After his junior season Thornton received all-state recognition.

This summer the scatback attended football camps at Alabama, NIKE (hosted by Auburn), and the Sports Baptist Camp in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thornton has been measured with a 33 ½-inch vertical jump He bench presses 305 pounds, squats 515 and power cleans 250.

Thornton is a good student, carrying a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. He's scored 19 on the ACT.

An excellent small back who is being overlooked by some of the recruiting services, Thornton reports his early favorites as Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Florida, Florida State and UAB.

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