"Great Experience" For LB At Scout Camp

One of Georgia's top linebacker prospects talks about the recent Scout.com Elite Campa and about recruiting.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Coming into the spring evaluation period for coaches and recruiting services alike, a strength for the 2009 class in the South was at the linebacker position with many of the top players in the region at that position. One of the players who has continued his rise up the list of top linebackers is Nigel Mitchell-Thornton from Stephenson High.

An athletic 6-2, 228-pounder with good speed, Mitchell-Thornton participated in the Under Armour Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp at Auburn University and he showed he belongs among the best of the best at the position.

"It was great," Mitchell-Thornton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just a great experience. It's probably the best camp I've ever been to and I've been to different camps at Florida and Alabama. Not saying those were bad, but I really got a workout. I'll probably take most of the things I learned back to my team to make us better."

With a group of offers numbering above a dozen schools with Arkansas the most recent school to offer, Mitchell-Thornton has already become a known commodity for some top programs, but he says he's hoping to add to the list in the coming weeks.

"It's going great," Mitchell-Thornton says. "I've got some new offers in the last couple of weeks from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Tulane. It has been going great and I'm supposed to see a lot of different coaches coming to the school the next few weeks.

"I have heard a lot from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn and I haven't heard that much from Alabama," he adds. "Clemson said they're going to check me out this spring."

Earning a spot with the first unit at the camp, Mitchell-Thornton showed his quickness to the football during 7-on-7 drills even with his bigger size, up nearly 12 pounds from the end of his football season last year. He says that now he just plans to keep improving on the field and take some of the things he learned back to Stephenson to help his team win a state title next year.

"I hope the camp helped me with some of the bigger schools so I can have those as options as well," Mitchell-Thornton says. "It was a great day out there with Nico (Nico Johnson) and some of the other guys. It was great to be able to work out with them and work even harder.

"It does make you feel good," he says about being invited to the camp and performing well. "You know when somebody is out of your league and way better than you, but when I was working out with them they felt like just more of my teammates. I felt like I played on the same level."


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