At 6-foot-3, and 220 pounds, Thornton recorded 121 tackles, nine sacks one interception for a touchdown, and blocked a punt in the state championship game as a junior. He followed that up with another big season this year, recording over 100 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recover as Katy once against was a powerful squad.
The combined two seasons of top notch play earned him offers from a number of Midwest programs including Notre Dame, Kansas, Northwestern, Missouri, and Houston. However, it's been Duke's approach that has stood out the most.
"They have recruited me for a while now, and they've always been up front and honest with me. They've told me I'll get out of Duke what I put into it, and they say that it's a perfect fit for me. I believe them. Right now, I don't see any way of changing my mind."
So what makes Thornton such a good looking prospect?
"As an outside linebacker, I can see the ball well and am able to use my explosivness to get to the ball. I feel I can make plays in the backfield, and most importantly, I just get to the ball."
After his visit to Duke on January 14th, he may just be getting to the ball in Wallace Wade.