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Countdown to #1 in GA - #10 Skyler Thornton

BorderWars has counted down the most comprehensive Georgia Talent list on the internet, and now it's time to look at the bluest of blue chip prospects. We check in at #10 with <b>Skyler Thornton</b> of LaGrange, one of the top running backs in the southeast.

Skyler Thornton (6-0/195/4.5, Lagrange HS - Lagrange) is the first member of the BorderWars' Top 10 in Georgia. He is also a BorderWars 101 Team member and 4 star prospect by TheInsiders.com Thornton is a deceptive type of runner. He's not flashy, and he doesn't have any one feature that will stand out more than the others. What he does do, is do everything well. There's another running back very similar to that type of style that is about to break the NFL rushing record this season. Like Emmitt Smith, Thornton is not going to dazzle an onlooker with blazing speed and ankle breaking moves. He is very efficient in his movement. He runs with good power, speed, and quickness, and he runs with good vision.


Thornton getting bigger and stronger

Thornton is already the subject of an intense Border War as Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, and Maryland have all offered the 6-0 and 195 pound tailback from LaGrange. As the recruiting process heats up, so does the pressure on one of the top backs in the south.

"I don't know," said Thornton when asked to name his favorites. "I don't really have any right now. I don't want to eliminate anyone. I'm pretty much just wide open."

Thornton attended camps at Georgia and Auburn this summer, and his hard work as paid off as he looks bigger and stronger than he did even just a couple of months ago when the picture above was taken.

Thornton's team goal will be obvious this year: repeat as state champion. He helped lead LaGrange to an undefeated season last year as he rushed for 1,592 yards and 21 touchdowns. Coach Steve Pardue glows when talking about his star running back.

"Some of the coaches recruiting Skyler have told me that he's the best running back in the state," said Pardue. "He's had a tremendous summer for us. I think he's going to have a great year. He is a very strong running back. He's got great hands. We're going to try and spread things out a bit more this season and see if we can get him the ball out of the backfield some too. He's played with us since he was a freshman. So far he has 2,725 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career."

LaGrange will face a stiff challenge from teams such as Cedartown this season, but they return arguably the top skill position talent in the country with 4 players making the top 25 in Georgia.


From Left: Adrian Griffin, Blake Mitchell, Skyler Thornton, and Emmanual Harrell

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