4-Star RB Sets Clemson Visit

Skyler Thornton is a popular fellow these days. The 4-star running back out of LaGrange, Georgia is now set with his 5 official visits- including one to Clemson. Details on Thornton's visits, as well as his senior season are contained in this report.

Who will the Tigers take at running back in 2003? That seems to be the popular question on Internet message boards and sports talk radio in the upstate these days.

With 5 backs already penciled in with official visits during the weekend of January 10th, it seems almost unfathomable that another back could enter into the mix.

Unfathomable until now.

LaGrange High School's Sklyer Thornton has now set an official visit to Clemson for the third weekend in January.

"I'm going there during the Martin Luther King weekend," said Thornton. "Right now, I'd say that Florida and Arkansas are recruiting me the hardest, but my top 5 are Florida, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Clemson."

It has only been recently that the Tigers have entered the picture, and for Thornton, he really can't explain it.

"I have no idea really how it happened, I've been talking to the offensive line coach, Ron West, and it just happened," said Thornton.

Thornton rushed for 1,591 yards and 34 touchdowns while helping lead LaGrange to a 12-1 record. The 4-star running back also says that there's no chance of him making a position switch in college.

"Everybody is recruiting me as a running back, so that's where I'll be playing next year. Early playing time, education, and how comfortable I feel around the coaches will be the most important thing for me in making a decision." added Thornton.

Thornton has been described as a powerful running back that has the speed to run by opposing defenses. He registered 1,592 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, and as been drawing rave reviews ever since.
The 4-star prospect is ranked as the 11th best running back in the country by TheInsiders.com. We'd like to conclude by thanking Skyler for taking the time to speak with us.

CUTigers Notes:
It almost seems like the Tigers came out of the blue here because that's literally what happened. When asked why Clemson has all of a sudden drawn his interest, Thornton literally had no explanation.

Two of his teammates have already committed to South Carolina, but despite this, Thornton remains "wide open." Ultimately, it appears like Clemson still has some work to do here, and rightfully so. With 5 running backs coming in the weekend of January 10th, it seems like an absolute lock that at least one will verbally commit right then and there.

That would leave the coaching staff in a bind, simply because they've already said that only one true running back will be taken this year. For Thornton however, you could easily make the case for over-signing at the position.

Thornton thrived this past season when his team spread the field, and that's obviously something the Tigers' coaching staff has noticed. We'll continue to keep you updated on this 4-star back, right up through signing day.

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