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Thornton has growing list

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Tommy Thornton has started to send out his junior season highlight tape and some colleges are starting to get involved with the Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza pro-style quarterback.
So far, Nebraska, Oregon State and San Jose State are showing the most interest in Thornton, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound recruit who threw for 1,873 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his junior season. He also rushed for four scores.
"There have been quite a few coaches that have called my coach at the high school asking for some game tape and trying to get me down to their camps," Thornton said.
"Right now I'm just getting some letters and waiting until April 15 when I can get phone calls from coaches and then I'll probably go to some college camps and hopefully get some offers."
Sending out tape is crucial for quarterbacks but Thornton said it's even more important to get out to camps and combines so coaches can see first hand what players can offer.
Thornton doesn't have anything set up yet but definitely plans to travel around to camps so he can get more noticed.
"It's very important," Thornton said. "I have a couple different highlight films right now and sending those out. It's definitely great to let the coaches know who you are and a little about your game before you actually step foot on their field.
"It's really exciting. This is something I worked on for a really long time and just to see the plan coming together is really exciting and I can't wait to start football again and get everything going."
Along with the three schools mentioned above, the Tempe standout also lists interest from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, TCU and Washington. At this point, Thornton has no favorites and is open to every program.
"Right now, I'm pretty wide open," Thornton said. "Obviously, there are some schools I'd like to go to but right now it's still early in the process so I'm still wide open."
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