Linebacker Ronnie Thornton from Killian High School in Miami, Fla has been a major target for the NC State coaching staff all year and the Wolfpack continues to be a strong player to land the hard-hitting defender. Thornton will take his first shot at the SAT in the near future and will begin to set up his official visits shortly thereafter.
At 6-3, 210 pounds, Thornton has registered nearly 100 tackles, six sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles in 2006. He has earned scholarship offers from the likes of Pittsburgh, NC State, Memphis and South Florida but has his eye on three programs currently.
"My top three right now is Pittsburgh, NC State and Auburn," said Thornton. "I haven't had a chance to set up any official visits yet but I'm getting ready to take the SAT and once I do that and my season is over, I'll start scheduling some of the visits."
Thornton talked about two of the schools at the top of his list.
Auburn: "Auburn's defense is just ferocious. I love their defense. I've watched them on TV and they always make the big plays and the big hits. It's a good school."
NC State: "I like NC State. They always talk to me about how they need help on defense, especially at linebacker. They've got a lot of Florida players, and it's always good to have people on the team from where you live. Coach Stroud is recruiting me, and he's a real cool coach. He texts me everyday and always says stuff like ‘Think Wolfpack.' They can only call once a week, but he calls me every week."
Thornton said he doesn't have a definitive timeline for committing and plans to take his official visits before deciding on a future school.