Marcus Thornton Is Down To Four

Marcus Thornton, a 6-8, 230-pound three-star power forward, announced Thursday that he had trimmed the list of teams he is considering to four. Thornton was Player of the Year in Georgia and originally committed to Clemson, but re-opened his recruiting after Clemson made a coaching change.

On Thursday evening, Marcus Thornton told A.P. Steadham of 'BAMA Magazine and that he had eliminated several top schools and would choose between four remaining.

Alabama is one of Thornton's remaining possibilities.

The big surprise was that he is no longer considering Clemson. Kentucky and Michigan were other major suitors who will not be getting his signature.

Thornton will choose between Alabama (where he said he had an excellent visit with Coach Anthony Grant last week), Texas, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

Here is his statement:

"Over the past month, my parents, my sister and I have spent many hours discussing and researching all of the colleges interested in me as a student-athlete. We have been looking at things such as academics, player development, style of play, program tradition & stability, and how I "see myself fitting" into their basketball program as well as their overall university. It has been an educational, but long and challenging process.

"The two visits that I have taken thus far (Alabama and Texas) have been wonderful, and have helped me learn how to focus in on the things that are most important to me. Those visits have also taught me just how demanding and time-consuming this process can be, especially with me trying to finish up my senior year of high school, with graduation and associated senior-related activities.

"I will graduate from Westlake High School on May 21st and would like to have my decision made by then. This will allow me to concentrate on getting ready for summer school, which starts as early as June 1st for many universities.

"With that said, I have limited my choices to four schools: Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas (alphabetical order). I really appreciate all of the interest and the time the coaches have spent recruiting me. I also appreciate the support of all of my friends and family, and all of the other people out there who have been wishing me well.

"To the other schools that offered scholarships, I want to say thanks for your time and consideration. It was an honor to be recruited by those universities. There was nothing wrong with any of the other colleges. They all are great. Unfortunately, in the recruiting process, you can only pick one, and it has been very challenging to narrow down the list, and I expect it to continue being that way over the next few weeks. However, I feel very blessed to have the opportunities.


"Marcus Thornton"

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