The interest in the Trojans did not start over the weekend. Even though they are not a program close to his home, they are a school he has followed for some time.
"Believe it or not I have always watched USC and always liked them. I am glad I did not commit early because I probably never would have gotten this offer. I like the coaches and I like USC, so I get to visit out there and see the best of both worlds."
USC has some stiff competition for Thornton. A long list of schools are still under consideration and two of them made stops to do a little recruiting on Monday.
"Georgia and Georgia Tech stopped by my father's work today. I was not there when Coach [Rodney] Garner was there, but I was there when Coach [Paul] Johnson, Coach [Brian] Jean-Marie and Coach [Al] Groh came through."
"Coach Garner just hung out with my dad and talked about the new defensive coordinator and things like that. Georgia Tech coaches were cool and I liked what Coach Groh had to say. I really like his philosophy. It was great to meet him."
Nobody has been eliminated yet for the 6-foot-2, 275 pound defensive tackle out of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson and schools are still vying for official visits over the next two weekends.
"Everyone is still in it and I have taken visits to Georgia and Penn State and I have done a lot of research on all the schools too."
That research will go down to the final days as we close on February 3, 2010. Signing Day is just over two weeks away and Thornton is no closer now than he was six months ago.
"I still do not know what I am going to do. I am not even sure how I am going to pick one school yet. I am just going to keep praying about it and then make my decision at Stephenson on signing day."
"I know I just have to go with my heart."
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.