Hometown: Lenoir, N.C.
High School: Hibritten HS
Notes: 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. Thornton has been a man among boys through his first four contests, though Hibriten has only gotten off to a 2-2 start in those games. Through four weeks of play, Thornton's tackle total is sitting around the low 80s depending on the scoring. His best game came in week two against Caldwell where Thornton recorded a game best 24 stops.
Damian's Comments: "I felt like it is a prestigious school and not many people get to do what I'm doing, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity."
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