'09 Premier Prospect: Nigel Mitchell-Thornton

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of NC State's top prospects for the class of 2009. Today we profile linebacker Nigel Mitchell-Thornton.

LB Nigel Mitchell-Thornton

6-2, 210 pounds

Stephenson High School, Stone Mountain, Ga

Prospect Ranking: Mitchell-Thornton is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 12 weak-side LB in the nation by Scout.com.

Junior Stats: As a junior, Mitchell-Thornton tallied 102 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles for loss en route to all-state and all-region honors. He split time on defense between defensive end and linebacker although he is being recruited primarily as a ‘backer in college.

The early word: Mitchell-Thornton has seen his stock take off over the last several weeks as he has accumulated numerous scholarship offers. He is a play-maker on defense that gives great effort and boasts solid linebacker skills. The Pack jumped on him early and have established themselves as a serious player for his commitment.

Scholarship offers: NC State, Stanford, Marshall, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Miami (Ohio),

Top Schools: Mitchell-Thornton doesn’t list any top schools at the current time

Timeline for a decision: Don’t look for a commitment anytime soon as Mitchell-Thornton plans to make a decision much later in the process.

NC State recruiting coach: NC State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge

NC State connections: The Pack jumped on Mitchell-Thornton early and that was a plus. It also helps that one of State’s top recruiters is heading up the efforts to land him. As State continues to ramp up interest in the state of Georgia, Mitchell-Thornton is one of the top prospects from that State on the recruiting board.

Behind the scenes: As things stand now, we feel State has a solid chance of landing an official visit later in the year. The big competition here may prove to simply be the SEC conference. It’s no secret that Mitchell-Thornton has been looking for an offer from a school like Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama or Florida. Should he land that offer then State may have to push that they were on him early and didn’t need to wait for other players to drop off the board before offering.

Wolfpack Visits: Mitchell-Thornton visited for junior day back in March and was blown away. Interestingly, Mitchell-Thornton has a tremendous personality and genuinely seems to enjoy the recruiting process so discerning who he may be leaning towards during the recruiting process will be tough. We believe it is likely State will get Mitchell-Thornton back on campus at some point.

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