Four-star LaGrange (Ga.) running back
Skyler Thornton is methodically paring teams from his
impressive list of scholarship offers.
"North Carolina and Tennessee had been recruiting me
pretty hard, and I was thinking about both of them, but they're not in there
anymore," said Thornton, a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 and the No. 16 running back in the nation.
"I've pretty much got my list to five now --
Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina."
Do any of those programs hold an edge?
"Not really," he said. "I'd say it's still pretty
much open with those schools until I get to make all my visits. I have had
some good talks with coaches, though. I like Joker (Phillips) at South
Carolina a lot. He's been calling me a lot and came to see a game. He's
really nice and fun to talk to. That's why I've got South Carolina up there,
that and the fact that (LaGrange quarterback) Blake Mitchell committed to
them. He's turned into a big recruiter for them now.
"Coach (Tommy) Tuberville from Auburn also came to
see me play. That was nice."
Thornton (6-0, 195, 4.45) has rushed for 755 yards
and 13 touchdowns through the first five games of his senior season. He's
helped lead LaGrange to an undefeated record. As a junior, he had 1,592
yards and 21 touchdowns.
The publicity from his personal and team success has
many in the Peach State eager to hear about his college choice.
Said Thornton: "Everybody asks me every day, 'Are
you going to Georgia? You're going to be a Bulldog, right? You need to be a
Bulldog.' I just smile and tell them, 'You'll have to wait and see.' I like
Georgia, but I won't be making up my mind until the end of the season."
Thornton has attended games at Auburn (vs. Vandy),
Georgia (vs. Clemson) and Florida (vs. Miami). He's taking a break from the
visits this weekend in order to take the SAT.