Thornton Solid for the Pack

Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County tailback Shadrach Thornton had been hearing from other programs since committing to NC State, but he says he has now made a final decision.

Shadrach Thornton has had his share of ups and downs throughout the recruiting process but he finally feels comfortable with his plans.

Thornton, a three-star running back from Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County, initially committed to Kentucky before backing out of that verbal and choosing NC State.

More recently it became clear that Thornton was still trying to discern whether he had made the right choice. He admitted in a recent interview that he was taking a look at Ole Miss and was planning a trip to Oxford while Kentucky made a late push hoping to swing the talented prospect back in their corner.

"I only had that one visit to Ole Miss planned but I need to call their coach and let them know I'm not coming," Thornton told NC State. "I'm going to stick with my commitment."

What caused Thornton to become comfortable with his choice?

"I want to say these past few days, I've just decided recently. I feel pretty good sticking with them simply because of the offensive line's experience. I've been talking with Coach (Tom) O'Brien and he and I have started to build a relationship. It's just been a relationship with the coaches.

"Coach (Mike) Archer is a pretty cool guy. I've talked to him and Coach O'Brien. I feel good about those guys."

Thornton said he is done with visits and will sign with NC State in February.

The three-star prospect is ranked the No. 83 running back in the nation by Scout.

As a senior, Thornton rushed for 1,738 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011, averaging better than seven yards per carry.


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