Mitchell-Thornton Takes Day Trip to Tennessee

Stephenson High linebacker speaks highly of Volunteers, details trip to UCF last weekend and looks toward impending UF visit this Saturday.

Nigel Mitchell-Thornton is a busy young man.

The Stephenson High linebacker, fresh off a visit to UCF last weekend and Auburn the weekend before, took a trip to Tennessee today to learn all about the Volunteers.

"I just went up there for the day," Mitchell-Thornton told after he got home. "I had been talking to (Tennessee wide receivers) Coach (Latrell) Scott last week and he wanted to know when I could make it up to see the school. I am on my Spring Break right now so I decided to go up there."

The 6-foot-2 and 210-pounder's decision to take the quick trip wasn't a bad one.

"It was great. I had fun," Mitchell-Thornton said. "I had heard a lot about it before I went there but I wanted to see for myself. You go there and you wouldn't think it's this big school. It has a small-college feel to it. The facilities were really nice."

Mitchell-Thornton didn't boast a Volunteer offer before he took his visit and he didn't come away with one when he left.

But that doesn't mean Tennessee coaches aren't interested in a player that posted 102 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles for loss a season ago as a junior.

"I went to their practice and the coaches were telling me to stick with them," Mitchell-Thornton said. "Despite not giving me an offer yet they told me they are very interested in me. They just want to see more of me before they give me (a scholarship offer).

As mentioned, Mitchell-Thornton made the journey south to check out Central Florida - a school that has extended an official offer - last weekend.

He said there was only one drawback to the Knights. Though, it's not a very big one.

"The only down side to them is the league they are in," Mitchell-Thornton said, referring to Conference USA. "That was it, though, and that's okay. I like the facilities there and the coaches. Everything there is up to date and nice. They just built a new football stadium on campus."

Mitchell-Thornton is now poised to head back to the Sunshine State this weekend to check out Florida's Spring Game.

"I am excited to go down and see the school again," Mitchell-Thornton said about the Gators. "I have been to camp there a few times. It's real hot down there. They have a good fan base that gets real loud."

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