Commentary

Penn State chasing SEC schools for DT

Originally Published: December 21, 2009
By Bill Kurelic | NittanyNetwork.com

Defensive tackle Michael Thornton (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) made an official visit to Penn State the weekend of Nov. 7. Penn State remains one of a handful of schools in the running for Thornton, though it is going to take a catch-up effort by Joe Pa if he is going to land the star defender.

"He has a few schools he is still considering, but the two that have always been there are Georgia and Auburn," Stephenson linebackers coach Corey Johnson said. "He took a visit to Penn State, but I'm not sure to what degree they stand with him right now."

Schools still in the equation are Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, South Carolina and Michigan, though there is a chance another school or two could emerge.

"I think he is pretty much planning on some more visits in January," Johnson said. "He's gone to Georgia and Penn State. He's been to Georgia a few times. He went down there with his mom a week ago. I'd say the two most serious contenders are Georgia and Auburn."

The 6-foot-1 and 273-pound Thornton is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the South. Penn State assistants Kermit Buggs and Larry Johnson have recruited Thornton and have developed a good relationship with him, but it may not be enough to convince Thornton to leave the South

Kurelic's Comment: The Nittany Lions are still pursuing two very high profile prospects, Thornton and running back Marcus Lattimore. However, in both cases it is going to take an upset to get either to leave the South.


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