October 18, 2009
Thornton enjoys GT visit
One of the top defensive tackles in the country made the short drive over to Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday night to take in his first Georgia Tech football game. Stephenson[/db] defensive tackle Mike Thornton may be the best uncommitted defensive tackle east of the Mississippi.
The four-star tackle enjoyed watching his first Georgia Tech game and he could not have picked a better night as the Jackets defeated No. 4 Virginia Tech 28-23 in front of a packed house on national television.
"The visit went well and I had never been to Georgia Tech game," Thornton said. "The game started off a little slow, but Georgia Tech played mostly solid defense out there. It seems like they have a pretty nice defensive line. I could see myself playing with those guys."
Thornton arrived a little late to the game, so he did not get to talk to the coaches as much as he would have liked to because they had to get ready for the game, but he did talk to his main recruiting coach [db]Brian Jean-Mary.
"I got to talk to coach BJ some, but I got to the game like an hour and a half before kickoff, so they were already in game prep mode," Thornton said. "I also talked to Denzel McCoy for a while and we had a good time talking. He wasn't being to rah-rah or anything."
On Friday night, Thornton was treated to a helicopter spectacle from Tennessee coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron. The two coaches landed to check out Thornton and some other players during the MLK-Stephenson game. The stunt impressed Thornton a lot.
"That was my first time meeting coach Kiffin and if he likes to showoff like that I am down with it," Thornton said. "It was a good visit with them. I talk to Coach O all the time too."
Thornton is currently the 10th ranked defensive tackle in the country and he says he is uncertain where he will end up. He is focusing in the meantime on the undefeated Jaguars team that faces Georgia Tech commitment Anthony Williams' Union Grove team next Saturday night.
"I don't know how this is going to play out. Right now, I am wide open. I am not sure where I will go next for a visit," Thornton said. "We are having a great season and I am on a great team with a great offensive line, defensive line, great quarterback and great running backs. I am just taking one game at a time."
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