4-Star Defensive End Justin Thornton Receives 3 New Offers

By Connor Muldowney
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Despite what the picture looks like, Justin Thornton did not put Florida State in his top-five list of school that he released on March 3.

Thornton, a four-star defensive end out of Mobile, Ala., is rated as one of the top players at his position on many recruiting sites and 247Sports even have him in their top-50 overall recruits.

Earlier today (March 8) three different schools offered the talented defensive end a scholarship, increasing his total to 14 offers. Tennessee, Texas Tech and Arkansas State all offered the 6-foot-5, 222-pound end, but since he released his top-five, those schools may not even have a chance.

His top five schools are Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn and USC. What I think is interesting is that Thornton named Florida State his leader on April 4– the same day that the Florida Gators offered him a scholarship. And today, the Seminoles aren’t even on his top-five list, while Florida is.

Thornton isn’t the fastest player on the field but he has the size and length that will give him an advantage over offensive lineman at the next level.

Just a week ago, Thornton received an important offer from Texas A&M and Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies took the SEC by storm last season and quarterback Johnny Manziel took college football by storm.

The young defensive end proceeded to put the Aggies in his top-five schools just two days later, proving that Texas A&M is a rising program.

With some solid moves and above average footwork, Thornton could be the next best defensive end in college football.

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