Thornton Racking Up The Offers

Defensive tackle Michael Thornton talks about his newest offers and gives his impressions on Auburn.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the South this year has been a busy guy since early in 2009 when teams from all across the country came to Stephenson High to check him out.

Big Michael Thornton has offers from all over the country and his choice of top schools, but he notes right now he's keeping his options open.

"Everything has been going good this summer," Thornton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "A few more schools have come in recently. I'm just focusing on my summer workouts right now.

"I'm up to 23 offers right now," he adds. "My most recent ones are from Oklahoma State and Tulane last week."

With offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Miami, South Carolina and Louisville among the many schools, Thornton notes that right now he's just beginning to narrow down things. Even so he says that Auburn is definitely one of the schools on his radar.

"Most definitely Auburn is still up in my top group," Thornton says. "I just like the relationship I'm building with the coaches. They are a team on the rise. There are some things happening in Auburn."

A 6-2, 276 pound defensive tackle with exceptional quickness, Thornton compares size-wise with Auburn defensive line Coach Tracy Rocker. Perhaps the top defensive player in Auburn history, Rocker returned to the Plains to join Gene Chizik's staff and Thornton says that is a big plus in Auburn's favor.

"It's a very big part of things," Thornton says "He's a straightforward guy and plus he played at Auburn. He would expect only the best at Auburn since he's from that school. I just feel like he could get me where I need to go."

Having visited Alabama as well as home state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech during the spring in addition to Auburn, Thornton says all the trips went well and he enjoyed his first visit to Tuscaloosa.

"Everything went well," Thornton says. "I had never been to Alabama before, but I had been to Georgia and Georgia Tech. Alabama really blew me away. It was nothing like I expected. I just need to get out more and see a little more. I'll just go from there."

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. 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 with a personal-best toss of 58.2 feet in the shot put.

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