Leon Thornton Loves the "Family" of IU

New Indiana wide receiver Leon Thornton said one of the key factors in his decision to play for the Hoosiers is that he loved how IU football felt like a family.

It was no surprise three star wide receiver Leon Thornton signed his letter of intent to become a Hoosier on National Signing Day.

Thornton gave Indiana a verbal commitment in August. While two other early Hoosier commits flipped to what they perceived to be better programs, Thornton stayed true to his commitment, even when Michigan State started knocking.

Thornton received a lot of interest throughout the Midwest, and Indiana wasn’t the only Power Five conference school to offer him a scholarship. Big Ten rival Illinois also offered Thornton, as well as Iowa State. He received additional offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Nevada, Toledo and Western Michigan.

But Thornton never doubted his decision.

“I love the family of football,” Thornton told AllHoosiers.com. “IU was the best fit for me in that aspect. That’s why I chose IU, I already feel extremely close to all these guys. I’m 100 percent in.”

From there, Thornton felt it became his duty to help bring in a great recruiting class.

“Our class started out with only a few guys and our goal was to get the class as strong as it possibly could be,” Thornton said. “Everyone we got we wanted because we know they will make a big impact on our team. I’m excited to see what we can do. We’re a sharp class, and the coaches tackled every team need.”

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Thornton is exactly the type of receiver that the Hoosiers missed last season. He has a versatile skill set, and as the top receiver in the class he will have the opportunity to fight for playing time as a true freshman.

“Coach Wilson wants me to be more on the outside,” Thornton said. “My ability to stretch the field will help me thrive there. I have great speed and a great ability to get yards after the catch, that’s what I bring to the table.”

Now that Thornton has signed his letter of intent, it has sunk in that his goal of playing college football has been met, something he’s dreamed of since being the water boy for his older brother’s football team as a young kid.

“I feel amazing. It’s a dream come true playing in the Big Ten,” Thornton said. “I’ve been thinking about this since I first started playing when I was four years old. It’s a dream come true, not only for me but for my family also. They always are there to support me. I couldn’t do this without them.”

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