Missouri standout could officially visit NU

An athletic prospect from St. Joseph, Missouri, Justin Thornton provides the versatility to grow into either a wide receiver prospect or find his living in the defensive backfield The native of the Show Me State holds offers from several Midwestern institutions, so where does Nebraska fit into the mix and which NU coach has Justin been speaking to as of late?

Justin Thornton stands 6' 2", weighs in at 190 pounds and runs 4.5 handheld 40-yard-dash, so obviously when looking at his measurable, athleticism is the name of the game.  Thornton recently ended his senior football campaign as his Central High team went 4-6.  While the team, as a whole, didn't perform all too well, Justin felt he had a solid senior year.  As a wide receiver, he had 46 catches for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns while at cornerback, he had 39 tackles, 4 interceptions and returned three of those all the way for touchdowns.  Thornton now turns his attention to basketball.  "Tomorrow's our first game, so we're gonna just go out and have fun with it," he said.


Justin does not look to play basketball and football at the next level, though he does intend to run track.  He runs hurdles and is actually a two-time all-state selection in the event.  Right now, Thornton has offers from Kansas, Missouri and Northwestern, but another school has caught his attention, that being Nebraska.  "Coach Downing was down here today and I talked to him for a while.  I'm keeping in close contact with him."  Does Justin see himself eventually taking a visit to Lincoln?  "Yeah possibly, today we talked about setting up an official visit in the future.  He'd gimme a call sometime and throw a few dates out and we could work from there," he said. 


Right now, Justin's top three schools are Kansas, Missouri and the Cornhuskers.  "Right about now I'd say they're on even standings.  One doesn't have an advantage over another," he said.    v

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