However, the No. 53 DE in the country tells HornsDigest.com that he will try to make it to Austin in the very near future.
“They told me I could come to any practice I wanted to so I will probably take a trip down there to see if I could pick up some moves for the season,” he said.
How excited should Texas feel about him coming down for a practice? I suppose it’s better than nothing, but it’s going to take a lot to get him to back off his verbal pledge to LSU.
“I am fully committed to LSU but I am keeping them close as well just in case something happens between now and signing day,” he said. “I’m keeping them in mind.”
If you’ll recall, when Thornton committed to LSU on June 17 he was just coming off of an unofficial visit to Texas where he was blown away by what he saw and how he was treated.
It took some by surprise when he decided to commit to Les Miles’ program that soon after a positive Texas trip, but Thornton said that it was just the right time to fulfill a childhood dream.
“My main difference is because I’ve always wanted to go there,” he said. “Plus, my family is down there. There are no guarantees that my family, my parents, will stay in Texas.
“They are also a great program. I love Coach Miles and what he preaches as well as the other coaches on the staff. They all click on the same page. That’s a great thing.”
If you are looking for burnt orange positives to take out of this story it’s that Texas is one of two teams that Thornton is keeping in touch with just in case something happens with him and LSU. That other team… is Oklahoma.
“I’ve always liked what they been showing me,” Thornton said of UT. “I’ve been paying attention to what they’ve been doing and stuff. I’ve seen everything they have to offer. It’s a great program.
“A couple of the coaches left but they are still preaching the same thing. We’ve been keeping in contact but not as much. I probably hit up Charlie [Strong] or BJ [Brian Jean-Mary] once a month and just check in to see how they are doing just because I am that type of guy.”
Thornton said that Texas is selling him on how perfectly he would fit at UT’s Fox position.
“I believe everything they are saying,” he said. “And they also say that I will graduate and that’s a great thing to hear from a coach. They are not only looking for football players but want to turn us into men as well.”
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