The 2012 recruit out of Liberty County (GA) said he had a great conversation over the phone with Coach Lamar Owens on Sunday afternoon when Owens returned from the Atlanta Braves game, and the pair continues to build a relationship in between visits.
But just weeks ago, Shadrach Thornton was on campus for a football camp. Although he had yet to receive an offer from GT, he was confident that this would be the trip when he'd finally get one.
"Coach Owens said the other coaches had taken a liking to me, and then we went up to (head coach) Paul Johnson's office," Thornton said. And from there, Thornton heard exactly what he wanted to hear.
"Coach Johnson said that he wasn't going to beat around the bush, he said he saw me dominating out there on the field," Thornton said. "He told me I had an offer, and he said he wanted me to keep them at the top of my list because they're the home-state school."
The senior said he has a top-3 list, and those three schools are as close as they can be to each other in his eyes. Right now, Kentucky is his top school, but Georgia Tech and North Carolina State are tied in second place. But Thornton will be making visits to all three schools, as well as Vanderbilt and other schools that are still possibilities, because he wants to know more about where he stands when the summer comes to an end.
"It's hard because it's like marriage – once you give one school your word, you're committed to that school," Thornton said. "Of course you can change your mind and de-commit, but that says a lot about your character in my opinion."
Thornton said he will give each school an equal chance and visit them all, and then he will sit down with his mother and discuss the pros and cons of each option. It's important to note, though, that Thornton's mother would like him to stay in-state, so the Yellow Jackets would have the advantage in that regard.