Scouting Report: Clayton Thorson

Wheaton North (Ill.) quarterback Clayton Thorson is certainly one to watch, as he displayed in a first-round rout of St. Charles East. However, it was how Thorson impressed which is notable. PurpleWildcats offers a detailed scouting report on the talented dual-threat.

Player: Clayton Thorson
School: Wheaton North (Ill.)
Position: Quarterback, Receiver
Height, Weight: 6-foot-4, 195 lbs.

Scholarship Offers: Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Northern Illinois; Northwestern; Penn State

Quote To Note: "They all stand pretty even. I talk to all the coaches on a regular basis." --Clayton Thorson, on interested schools.

Scout's Notebook:

I was eager to visit Wheaton North to see Clayton Thorson throw. The junior has a handful of scholarship offers already, thanks to his dual-threat abilities. Surely enough, Thorson threw the football zero times. Now that's just my luck.

Instead, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was lined up at a wide receiver, becoming the top target for primary passer Johnny Peltz. It certainly caught my eyes.

Similar to Northwestern's two-quarterback system, Thorson played the role of Kain Colter, serving as a weapon all over the field. His natural size and athleticism make him a tremendous target downfield, and he is a gifted ball-handler. His top moment of the 41-13 rout of St. Charles East came as he juggled a pass along the sidelines, hauled in the football, then scampered away from the secondary for a 47-yard touchdown.

All indications from Thorson's film show he can throw the football very well. Seeing his athleticism in a different role certainly stood out to me. Maybe next time, I'll get to see at least one pass thrown.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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