2018 WR Tyquan Thornton Teams up With the Baylor Bears

The Baylor Bears just dipped into Miami to net a verbal commitment from rangy 2018 receiver, Tyquan Thornton, who earned his initial offer just last week.

Tyquan Thornton captured his first two offers exactly a week ago, and is now off the market and committed after dishing out the life-changing news Wednesday evening.

Thornton, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound receiver from Miami who was first offered by Baylor, just took it a step further by inserting himself into coach Matt Rhule's recruiting class down in Waco, Texas.

A product of talent-loaded Miami Booker T. Washington, Thornton is a dual-sport standout who participates in the 100, 200 and 400m dash.

In fact, the 2018 prospect also holds a track and field offer from the LSU Tigers.

"I chose Baylor because I feel that it will be the best fit for me, both athletically and academically," Thornton said. "I feel that the coaches will help build me to be a better athlete, and they are allowing me to play ball and run track as well.

"They have a lot of good things in store for me."

Tyquan Thornton (Photo by Corey Bender)

Thornton, who is also equipped with an offer from Appalachian State, says there will not be much of an adjustment period when packing his bags and relocating to the Lone Star State.

"I love the location of Baylor," Thornton previously told Scout. "Texas has some good weather up there, and I also like Baylor's style of football. I know about Corey Coleman, who once played for Baylor.

"He was a good athlete, and one day I hope I can be as good as him or even better."

A long-strider with no problem getting behind defenses, Thornton is an intriguing prospect who does a nice job of tracking the pigskin through the air. Thornton is very long and comes up with those fingertip catches that many receivers are unable to make.

Thornton has to pack on weight and strengthen up his frame, but holds his own when getting off the line of scrimmage. He shows patience to set up the cornerback, and then does a good job of bursting up the field to cover ground. He plays to his strengths and flashes a smooth style when doing so.

Route-running is not one of Thornton's weaknesses, but sticking his foot in the dirt and becoming more crisp is something to focus on moving forward. Thornton utilizes his length by extending out for the ball, and is more than capable of dissecting defenses after the catch.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest developments in Thornton's recruitment.


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