Thornton Taking Visits

Kentucky verbal commitment Shadrach Thornton talks about his recent official visit to NC State and where he stands in the recruiting process.

Shadrach Thornton is verbally committed to the University of Kentucky but he has made it clear all along that his commitment is very soft.

Even when he committed to UK last month he announced his plans to visit other schools. On September 30, Thornton visited NC State even though he was committed to the 'Cats. He spoke to Pack Pride this weekend and broke down the visit.

"I enjoyed it," Thornton said. "I thought they have a nice weight room facility. I liked their mind set about how they updated the weight room and everything, just as far as scratching and getting faster and stronger in all the right ways. It made a lot of sense to me.

"The game day atmosphere was awesome. I really enjoyed myself."

It wasn't Thornton's first time in Raleigh. That first trip was for the spring game, which was shortened because of weather.

"There were a lot of guys that didn't make the trip back then in the spring but they still had a good crowd."

How would Thornton classify himself, relative to UK and the other schools recruiting him, now that he has been to NC State?

"I'm still a soft verbal with Kentucky," he said. "After I take all these visits I'll talk with my mom and my coach. That's what I should have done the first time. When I talk with those two we'll talk about the pros and cons of them all. I'd say I made my decision a bit hasty, but I still love the coaching staff (at Kentucky).

"As for NC State, I definitely like them. I will say that. I just have to talk with my coach and everything and take my other visits.

"They're a run-pass offense and they need to run the ball successfully in order to pass. I definitely like that about them. They get the ball to the backs in many different ways, either handing it off or throwing it."

While many have believed it has been a two-horse race between Kentucky and NC State for a while, Thornton is quick to point out that he's still looking at Vanderbilt (a school he says he "might" take an official visit to) and Georgia Tech. He has high praise for Tech's offense.

"Their offense is mind boggling," Thornton said of the Yellow Jackets. "I like it. It's a 1-2-3. You don't know who's going to get it so (the defense) has to guess every time. They seem to make it work."

Thornton's official visit to Georgia Tech is scheduled for October 28. Through six games Thornton has rushed for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also passed for two scores out of the Wildcat formation.

Thornton is ranked the No. 80 running back in the country.

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