Atlanta, Ga.--One of the most physical linebackers in Georgia for 2009, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton took a visit to Auburn on Sunday for the first junior day of the spring and says he enjoyed getting the chance to see the Tigers and check out the campus.
"It was great," Mitchell-Thornton says of his visit. "It has great facilities. They are building a lot of new things. I would love to play there. I'm just considering my options. The team seems great as do the linebackers. I really like the coach and just the whole environment."
At 6-2 1/2, 226 with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash, Mitchell-Thornton has all the tools to be a successful linebacker on the next level. One thing he's looking for is the right coach to bring out the best in him in the future. Mitchell-Thornton says that Auburn linebacker Coach James Willis is that type of coach.
"Coach Willis is a young guy," Mitchell-Thornton says. "He's got that fire, that desire. He wants to win. I like that in a coach. I believe having a coach that played in the NFL is a great advantage. Plus he probably knows guys in the NFL and will be able to bring some things back from there and teach them to you and keep you up to date."
With offers from Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Marshall and Central Florida, Mitchell-Thornton has already made a splash in recruiting. He says that while he's still waiting on Auburn to offer a scholarship, he notes that he's hearing good things from the coaching staff.
"I'm up to six or seven offers," Mitchell-Thornton says. "I don't have an offer from Auburn at the moment, but they tell me they've got very high interest in me."
Like many top prospects, Mitchell-Thornton has been on the road this spring taking in junior days across the region. He says he has at least two more trips scheduled and will also camp at several schools this summer.
"Next I'm supposed to go to a junior day at Alabama," Mitchell-Thornton says. "After that I'm supposed to be going to Florida.