Devils Inching Closer with Texas LB

With his calling card quickly becoming tough and talented defensive units, head coach Ted Roof has put together a terrific defensive recruiting effort in the class of 2005. With several players vying for the final few available scholarships, Roof has apparently won the favor on another Texas standout.

"I'm hearing from a bunch of schools right now, but I'd have to say Duke is my leader," says Katy (Tex.) High standout linebacker Paul Thornton. "I've got a visit set up for the second weekend in January and I might commit on that, or soon after."

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.

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