Thornton holds Missouri offer

It's no secret that one of the biggest priorities for the Tigers' improvement is at cornerback. With already one cornerback committed, Missouri has offered to Justin Thornton, and he has something to offer back: great size.

Size is always coveted at the cornerback position with emerging size of the top receivers in college football. That is exactly what Saint Joseph Central's Justin Thornton offers at the position and why Missouri has already extended him a scholarship offer.

"With his size at corner, he can really beat people up," said head coach Tony Dudik. "We like to force our receivers into running either a slant or fly route, depending on our scheme, and Justin does a great job of this. He won't be allowed to give as big of a cushion in college as he does now, but he has exceptional closing speed."

Why did Missouri react so quickly in offering Thornton?

"I sent them film of four games, like I do to every school, and they made a highlight film out of it. Coach (Andy) Hill called me and let me know that they felt Justin is exactly the type of player that will help them win Big 12 championships."

Missouri knew Justin was a player from when he attended their one day camp last summer, and now concidentally other schools have jumped on the bandwagon.

"Kansas stopped by the school on Monday, and just said they want to get him up to camp to work him out for a day. Kansas State and Nebraska are also supposedly making stops by the school. He has received a lot of mail from Colorado and Vanderbilt as well. Once he shows these schools his abilities in camp, I'm sure more and more offers will beging to pour in. It seems it only takes one school's strong interest to get the recruitment going, and that is exactly what happened after Missouri offered."

What are Missouri's chances of signing the talented corner?

"They only plan to sign three cornerbacks in this class, and already have one JUCO guy committed. I know they'd like to get Justin wrapped up sooner than later, but he also wants to check out the other schools."

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