For one of the top receivers in the state of Texas, the recruiting process has been eerily quiet. So what’s the latest with Dallas St. Mark’s three-star receiver Kenton Thornton?
“He’s really trying to keep his options open between both football and basketball,” St. Mark’s coach Hayward Lee said. “I really don’t think he knows what he wants to do at this point. I know that Colorado State and Cal have been talking to him through me, and I’m sure Texas is in contact with him directly because of all of his brothers.
“But at this point, it’s really up in the air what he’s going to do.”
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Basketball season has already started for Thornton, who is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds. Lee said on the football field, Thornton really continued to grow as a player this season.
“He’s tall and he’s fast,” Lee said. “He’s a good target for a quarterback, and he’s able to go up in the air and make some big plays with his jumping ability. When you get to a certain level in college, all of the guys are going to be able to catch the ball. But Kenton has the ability to go up and get the ball that’s for grabs.”
Lee said he’s also got two junior prospects that are going to be grabbing attention from the college coaches – John Stathas, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, and defensive back Barry Newell, who is 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds.
“John brings great size and hips to the table,” Lee said. “He’s got pretty good foot speed. He’s been timed at 4.91 in the 40 just the other day. He’s really strong and just now really developing good habits in the weight room.”
Newell is a prospect that Lee is really excited about.
“He’s a great athlete,” Lee said. “He’s very fast and athletic. He’s smart and competitive. He brings all the qualities that you would want for your quarterback, but he probably doesn’t have the size to play quarterback in college. But he’s athletic enough to be a very good defensive back in college.”