School: Wheaton North (Ill.)
Position: Quarterback, Receiver
Height, Weight: 6-foot-4, 195 lbs.
Quote To Note: "They all stand pretty even. I talk to all the coaches on a regular basis." --Clayton Thorson, on interested schools.
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.