When Michigan began turning up the recruiting intensity on Stone Mountain, GA DT Michael Thornton last summer, many recruiting observers thought it to be an exercise in futility. The Peach State standout has maintained all along that that is far from the truth.
"I'm still going to get up there (on a visit)," Thornton reported. "I just don't know when yet. I've just been down to Georgia and Auburn. I seen the Auburn game when they played West Virginia and Georgia when they played South Carolina and LSU."
"I talked to (Michigan assistant) Coach Hopson last week," he continued. "I haven't watched them play yet, but I've been hearing good things about them."
It appears that Hopson has also focused his attention on Thornton's teammate, Miami commitment Tyrone Cornileus.
"They are actually still recruiting him too," Thornton said regarding Michigan's interest in Cornileus. "Hopefully we can both get up there and see what's going on with Michigan."
A visit is vital to the Wolverines' chances of moving further up Thornton's list. For his part he insists that the Maize & Blue is already in prime contention right along with his other suitors.
"I don't really have a set top, but I would say Michigan is up there since I'm going to take a visit up there," he said. "Penn State is the only other school I know I'm going to take a visit to. Of course I like all of the schools that offered me in the SEC. It's the SEC, so every school is good. I just haven't been out to every school yet. That's my whole plan… to get out to more schools."
As is the case with his Michigan visit, Thornton isn't yet sure when he'll be able to make to the other campuses either. The majority of his focus is currently on his high school team.
"Everything is going to good on the field," he stated. "We're 5-0 and just trying to make it to state… just trying to work hard. I don't really know if I can get in a couple of (visits) on the weekends since we play on Friday nights, but if I have to (wait to take visits), I will."
For more on Michael Thornton, be sure to check out my recruiting column in tomorrow's Detroit News.