Elite WR Visiting

A new player has emerged on the North Carolina football recruiting radar. He's an elite wide receiver and he's taking an official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend.

Kenton Thornton, a 6-5, 225-pound wideout, originally hails from Dallas (Texas) St. Mark's, but is prepping this year at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. After a stellar senior season at St. Mark's, Thornton committed to Texas (his brothers, Kalen, played for Texas and is now a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, and Kyle, is a freshman lineman at Texas), but never made it to Austin. He chose instead to work on improving himself academically and athletically at Blair Academy – and did just that this year.

Playing for a team that runs a wishbone offense and focuses on the running game, Thornton still managed 28 receptions for 518 yards, (averaging 19 yards per reception) and four touchdowns – and rushed for one score. He returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns, and on the defensive side of the ball returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a safety.

Thornton's father, Bruce, updated the state of his son's recruitment in an interview Thursday evening.

"Right now, Kenton is headed to North Carolina for an official visit this weekend," said Bruce Thornton, who played four years in the NFL. "He'll take a mid-week visit to Florida and then he's leaving the last weekend open."

Texas is no longer in the running and the contenders for that last official visit are "Illinois, Iowa, Boston College and possibly Notre Dame and Oklahoma State," the elder Thornton said, adding that North Carolina and Florida appear to be in the driver's seat to land his son.

Thornton also plays on Blair's powerhouse basketball team and aspires to play both sports in college, a fact that will be sure to play an important role in his decision.

Make no mistake, Kenton Thornton has grown up and is showing that potential that had Scout.com listing him Top 30 in the Texas Hot 100 for most of last year. At this point he is far more developed, definitely more polished, and would easily be a Texas Top 20 prospect if he were to be placed in this year's Texas Hot 100.

"You should see his film," his father said. "His coach at Blair put a highlight tape together and it's really impressive. Kenton was the New Jersey Prep Player of the Year. He's developed, added muscle, and gotten stronger and faster. I wish I had made it to more of his games at Blair Academy because he looks like a Terrell Owens out there."

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