Is it Arkansas or South Florida for Thornton?

Once a commit, DT Kyrhi Thornton opened things back up when he took a December visit to Arkansas. Find out if he'll stick to his original commitment or head off to the SEC. Read on for the details.

There have been some questions as to whether or not Kyrhi Thornton is a solid commit to USF or not. The Bulls brought the Hargrave Military DT in for a visit in hopes of securing his commitment to the '09 class.

"Yeah I'm a Bull. 100%."

The 6-foot-3, 300 pound interior lineman took a visit to Arkansas in December and it looked like he might have been leaning toward the Razorbacks, but Thornton says it's a done deal and he'll sign with USF on Signing Day.

"The visit did it for me. I thought I'd end up coming here (USF) and after spending time with my Dline coach, Coach Kevin Patrick, I knew South Florida was the place for me."

"This was my first time sitting down with Coach Patrick. We talked about technique and how he wants to use me. I know that Coach Patrick will take me to the next level as a player."

Thornton was also reunited with his regional recruiter, Mike Canales.

"I feel like I've known Coach Canales for years! He recruited me all last year and he recruited me again this year. We've got a good relationship and it was good to see him again."

While on his visit Kyrhi was hosted by defensive lineman Patrick Hampton. The two got a long great and he showed him around the town.

"Hampton is a real cool dude. All the guys I met were great, we had a good time. The city of Tampa was impressive too. I never knew it was so big, I like it though."

Kyrhi also made friends with a few of the other incoming recruits.

"I met Bradley Battles, he's from my area and Rudell Crim who was from Tallahassee."

Before leaving Thornton had his meeting with head coach Jim Leavitt.

"Our meeting was quick because I went in and told him I'm a Bull. He said he can't wait to get me down here. We talked about how we're playing Florida State next year and we're both real excited about that."

On his way out of USF on Sunday Kyrhi had a chance to talk with Crim as the two were leaving.

"He told me he liked the visit and it was close to home. I tried to recruit him but I don't know where he'll end up. It will come down to Arkansas and South Florida."

Kyrhi is expected to graduate in May and enroll at South Florida in the summer.

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