LSU has been absolutely scorching on the recruiting trail in the last three weeks, and Thornton is another big-time get that can be a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. Thornton is the seventh player to commit to LSU in the last three weeks.
Thornton actually made his commitment last week but wanted to hold off on announcing it. He did so Wednesday and serves as another weapon for LSU's defense.
"I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me while I decided the school of my choice," Thornton posted on Twitter. "This was a huge decision for me. I want to thank everyone during this recruiting process for giving me a great opportunity to get my education and play college football. I want to thank every school that put time and effort in to recruiting me...
I will be committing to LSU. #GeauxTigers."
LSU will take him as an outside linebacker in this class, much like Erick Fowler, who committed over the weekend. Both of these players currently live in Texas, but Thornton is actually a New Orleans native and still has family throughout Louisiana.
LSU was one of the first major schools to offer him earlier this spring. He's the teammate of a former LSU target, Alabama commit Kendell Jones, and Thornton stood out as an equally impressive prospect. LSU made him a big priority ever since, and he took his first trip down for the Bayou Picnic last month.
He announced LSU as one of his lead schools once they offered, and the Tigers were considered a heavy favorite from that point. He decided this week to officially put an end to it.
"LSU was my dream offer and I am from New Orleans," Thornton said. "I got a lot of family there, so that is big. I grew up on the Tigers."
LSU now has several of these hybrid LB/DE on the commit list, including Thornton, Fowler, Caleb Roddy and Andre Anthony, all of whom have committed within the last two weeks. Add them to defensive linemen Ed Alexander and Glen Logan, and the future of LSU's defensive front is looking bright.