Big DL Enjoys A-Day Visit To Auburn

Stephenson's Michael Thornton talks about his trip to Auburn for Saturday's A-Day game.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Teams are always looking for help at the line of scrimmage and because of that, a player that should continue to see his stock rise throughout the summer and into his senior year is Stephenson High standout Michael Thornton.

A 6-2, 285 defensive tackle, Thornton has early offers from Auburn, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Miami, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisville and is hearing from several more schools.

Last Saturday, Thornton had the opportunity to check out one of his offers as he was in Auburn for the A-Day game to see the campus and facilities as well as watch the Tigers in action. He says the trip was a good one for him.

"The day was a great day," Thornton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like the way their defense played. They could have been better in the secondary, but the defensive line held them down."

Without a ton of depth at the interior defensive line position, Auburn will likely be looking to sign a couple of players in the 2010 class to possibly help immediately. Thornton says that's something that has him interested in the Tigers.

"That really puts a team up on my ranking of schools," Thornton says. "I want to come in and play early as a true freshman. If I have to get redshirted that would be okay too."

Making his second trip to Auburn after coming earlier in the spring for a junior day, Thornton says the more he learns about the Tigers and coach Gene Chizik's staff the more he likes Auburn.

"I don't have any favorite schools, but Auburn is definitely up there at the top," Thornton says. "It has been love ever since I went down there. They have shown me a lot of love.

"I talked to a couple of the coaches and I've very familiar with how they treat the players," he adds. "They have a good player-coach relationship. I've talked with coach Chizik a couple of times. He's great to be around and would be great to play for."

A starter since the second half of his freshman season for one of the top programs in Georgia, Thornton had a huge junior year as he finished with 95 total tackles with 49 solos. A physical player that uses his hands as well as any young lineman you'll see, he also had three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three sacks.

While he has good speed, reporting a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.87 seconds, Thornton just handles the throws for the Stephenson track team. Before heading to Auburn last Saturday he had a toss of 58.2 feet in the shot put.

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