Thornton Makes His Choice

This time last year, Kenton Thornton was ready to become a Longhorn. He committed to Texas two weeks before Signing Day and was the fifth wide receiver added to the class of 2004. But he soon decided that he wanted to wait another year before attending college and he has now made his decision one year later.

"I committed to North Carolina," said the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder from Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy who took an official visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend. "They just basically had a great mix of academics and the football program is on the rise."

Thornton, who says he was recruited by North Carolina assistant Nick Schiralli, added that location and his official visit were other factors.

"It is a nice size location for a college and they have great people. I met a lot of recruits on the visit, and most of them had already committed."

Thornton was planning to still take a visit to Florida this weekend, but he cancelled those plans, though schools are still trying to obtain his final official visit this weekend. However, Thornton says he is done.

"There were a lot of other schools that had offered me to play wide receiver," he said. "Places like Iowa, Boston College, Florida, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State."

Thornton hails from Dallas and after a stellar senior season at St. Mark's, he committed to Texas (his brothers, Kalen, who 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.

"It was just a decision I made where I thought another year would be good to work on learning the wide receiver position," he said.

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 to touchdowns, and on the defensive side of the ball returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a safety.

"You should see his film," said his father, Bruce, who played four years in the NFL. "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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