Thornton registered 89 tackles and 5 sacks as a junior. He was Miami Killian High Schools starting middle linebacker for the last two seasons.
"I would say that Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Auburn would be my top three schools. I'm very interested in the Panthers. Coach (Aubrey) Hill is the main guy recruiting me. He told me that Pittsburgh was going to lose three or four linebackers after this season. I want playing time and I think I could get some there."
When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm a very instinctive linebacker. I have the ability to read and react to what offenses are giving me. Once I know what an offense is doing, I can make the big play."
"Leadership is one of my main strengths as well. I like to think I lead on and off the football field."
Thornton is capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He can bench press 325 pounds and squat 405 pounds.
"I'm looking for two key factors in a school: tradition and depth chart. I want to go to a winning program that has a bit of tradition. Playing time is very important to me as well. I don't want to sit the bench. I feel like I could contribute early."
The Panthers are recruiting two of Thornton's teammates: athlete Chris Guthrie and free safety Alphonso Bruton.
"I hope I can visit Pittsburgh early in the season. I probably will take two or three visits before I make my final decision. The Panthers are one of my favorites, if not the favorite at this time."
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