Katy, Texas linebacker Paul Thornton played a big role on the Katy defense as the Tigers won the Class 5A state title in 2003. Now, he will get his chance to show college coaches he can play at the next level.
“Paul was a very solid player for us all last season,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said. “He has schools all over the country sending stuff to him here at the school. Nobody has offered him a scholarship yet, but we have sent film out to schools that haven’t seen him play and I would look for that to change before long.
“I would think that by the evaluation time this spring that he would have something on the table.”
Joseph went to a coaching clinic at SMU over the weekend and took film of his team for use at the clinic. The film impressed the coaches at the Dallas-based school.
“They seemed to be very interested in Thornton,” Joseph said. “They liked what they saw on the tape I had. They are going to come get a look for themselves later on this spring.”
Thornton helped bring home the state title with 116 tackles and eight quarterback sacks as the team compiled a 15-game winning streak after dropping the season opener.
“He played solid all year long,” the coach said of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Thornton. “He really kept improving as the year went on. He ended up the year being named most valuable player of the state championship game.”