2012 QB Tom Thornton has worked hard this offseason in preparation for a big senior season for his Tempe Marcos de Niza team.
Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona rarely has a shortage of talented skill players. Over the past few seasons players such as Ramon Abreu, Justin Rodriguez and Anthony Shivers have made plays for the Padres. This upcoming season's playmakers have yet to be established and as such more of the offensive load will fall on the shoulders of 2012 QB Tom Thornton.
Thornton, who moved to Tempe from Colorado after his sophomore year, is in the rare situation of being a four year starting QB having been the signal caller for Parker, Colorado Ponderosa High School his freshman and sophomore seasons. The 6-2 210 pounder, last season as a junior, threw for over 1,900 yards to go with 23 touchdown passes on the way to gaining All-Conference and All-State recognition. Along with his game through the air, Thornton proved himself to be a solid runner scoring five TDs and averaging over five yards a carry on the ground.
In an attempt to prepare for his increased offensive load this upcoming season Thornton has attended multiple camps across the U.S. including; the Elite 11 at Stanford, Wyoming, Utah State and Northern Arizona. Although currently not holding a DI offer, Thornton cites Utah State, Wyoming, Sacramento State, San Jose State and Valparaiso as the schools showing the most interest.
Potential offers from the above mentioned schools may hinge on Thornton's early senior season. If the savvy vet of four campaigns can shoulder the load of the Marcos offense offers should come.