Thornton is down to four schools that he is seriously considering for his services starting next year: Georgia Tech, NC State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Between now and the end of the college football season, Thornton has one trip planned to visit each of them so he can get one final look at his finalists before he makes his final decision.
"I just want to figure out which school has that ‘home' feel," Thornton said. "I have to get on campus and click with the players and get along with them if I'm going to pick that school."
If he wants to visit Tech during a football game in November, that would leave the Thursday night game against Virginia Tech, since he plans to visit NC State on Oct. 29. Unless he decides to put off the visit until the Georgia game, which would likely make the Yellow Jackets the fourth and final of his visits during football season.
Thornton said he and his Georgia Tech recruiting coach Lamar Owens have been speaking on a weekly basis at least, and Thornton said he has called Owens a few times to catch up when the two go a few days without speaking. He added that he's had a chance to watch the Yellow Jackets in the first two weeks of their regular season, and he likes what he's seen. "They've been ballin'," Thornton said. "The running backs have looked solid so far."
Tech's backs aren't the only ones that have started quickly – through three games on Liberty County High School's schedule; Thornton has racked up 576 yards on the ground and scored six times.