"It was nice to take part in the walks around the campus and taking in college life at Georgia Tech," Shadrach Thornton said. The junior added that overall, his recruiting process is going well and that he has no complaints to this point.
But he also has no offers so far, which Thornton is hoping and thinking will change soon. With Georgia Tech in the running as one of his favorite schools (he also listed Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina State and South Carolina as schools of interest), he is definitely considering life in Atlanta starting in 2012.
"One of the majors I'd like to pursue in college is engineering, and the reputation of the engineering program at GT is great," Thornton said. "I really respect their graduation rate in the athletic program, too."
Thornton said that one of the coaches he has been speaking with is A-Backs coach Lamar Owens, who has told Thornton that they would like to see him in the B-Back role in the Georgia Tech offense. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Thornton would be a light runner in a power position, but he says that wouldn't be an issue at all.
"I love contact, and sometimes, defensive backs and linebackers look at running backs like they're prey," Thornton said. "But it's the opposite for me – I think the D-backs and linebackers are prey. And if they think I'm going to be a victim, they've got another thing coming."
With no lack of confidence at his position, Thornton mentioned that he is hoping for an offer from Georgia Tech in the near future. He said that an offer isn't written in stone – or even sand, for that matter – but his gut tells him that the coaches are interested enough in his abilities to extend an offer for 2012.
While he waits, Thornton knows that he has plenty to improve upon in his senior year at Liberty County.
"I want to be faster, more explosive and more balanced when I run the ball," Thornton said. "There are always things to work on – plus, I want to focus on keeping my grades up off the field."