Kevin Thornton's big weekend

With the Feb. 2 national signing date just around the corner, Little Rock Central safety Kevin Thornton (6-2, 190, 4.6) will visit his leader and another school in the span of just four days next weekend.

Little Rock Central standout Kevin Thornton has never tried to hide the fact that he loves the Razorbacks.

After making countless unofficial visits to Fayetteville for games and practices, Thornton (6-2, 190, 4.6) will take his official this weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to getting up there, maybe seeing some things on the academic side that I haven't before, being around the guys and checking out the (Arkansas-Kentucky) basketball game," Thornton said.

As of right now Thornton - who had 23 career interceptions - has plans to leave Arkansas and visit Memphis on Sunday and Monday.

"We'll just see," Thornton said. "I'm thinking about taking the visit to Memphis."

Thornton led Central to back-to-back state championships while amazingly intercepting a pass in 12 of 13 games from week 5 of his junior season to week 3 of his senior season.

In the only game the Tigers lost in two years, Thornton missed the second half due to an ankle injury as Bryant rallied to beat Central 22-21.

"He just has a great knack for the ball, can flat out cover and is a big, big hitter," Central head coach Bernie Cox said.

Thornton will be in Fayetteville once again this weekend with several other Tigers who have made the program strong over the last two seasons.

Defensive tackle Fred Bledsoe is a freshman at Arkansas while UA commit, former Central star and current Hargrave linebacker Fred Fairchild will also be in for visit.

Central linebacker Antwain Robinson (6-1, 235), who missed this season due to injury, and quarterback Clark Irwin (5-11, 175) are also supposed to be visiting.

"It'll be good to hang out with all those guys," Thornton said. "We've had some pretty good players at Central the last two years."

Thornton recently played in Max Emfinger's High School All-American Classic n Shreveport.

"It was a fun week and a good game to be a part of," Thornton said. "The speed of the game was much faster than a normal high school game. It took me by surprise early in the week, but I was all geared up for it by the time the game was played."

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