In State LB Gets Duke Offer. Soon to Commit?

There may not be a more physically intimidating linebacker in North Carolina this year than Damian Thornton, but some schools wanted to see the athlete from Hibriten High in Lenior, N.C. in person this summer. Fortunately for Thornton, one school has thrown its offering hat in the ring.

"Duke offered me," said the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder. "Coach Roof said they liked me at camp and liked my enthusiasm and offered. I am thinking about it and I'm not sure how long I am going to wait to commit."

After receiving his first offer, schools may need to act quickly before Thornton makes a commitment. He says he is receiving major interest from "Clemson, South Carolina, and ACC schools Most of them are recruiting me at MIKE linebacker; they like how I hit the holes, read, and react. They are going to be getting back in contact with me and some are saying they want to see my first two games."

However, Thornton hints he may be committed by that time. A few schools will get one last chance to see him before the season begins.

"I still go to camp Tennessee, I go to Virginia Tech on July 8th, and then I go to State and Carolina in the month of July."

Thornton made over 100 tackles in 2005, despite missing two games due to a concussion. The Panthers finished 5-7 (3-5 Catawba Valley) last season.

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