Phenix City, AL was big for Clemson last February when the Tigers signed the #1 prospect in Alabama in receiver Justyn Ross. Thursday night the Tigers tapped into that talent pipeline again with an offer to DB Ray Thornton (6-2 195). With the offer, the Tigers move high up on his list.
“When I first found out I had it (offer), I was very excited because growing up that was one of my favorite schools,” Thornton said. “I didn’t have the offer but it was still one of my top schools. Coach Swinney said today he was impressed with what I did at camp and he was impressed with my grades, too. I was just excited because I’ve been working so hard to get it for a long time. I went to camp last year and they told me I had the potential to play with them. That was my motivation.”
Thornton is a safety and he had 45 tackles and 2 interceptions. From his conversation with the Clemson coaches, they like his dual ability to come up on the run and drop back in pass coverage.
“I talked to coach (Mickey) Conn, the safety coach, and he knows I can run and can also come down and tackle,” he said. “When I went to camp I did one-on-ones and that made him even more excited because I went out there and covered a lot of people.”
Thornton also holds offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Southern Miss, Indiana and others. But Clemson is in the elephant in the room now that it’s on board with an offer.
“They are definitely one of my top schools,” Thornton said. “It’s Clemson, Ole Miss, Auburn, Duke and Georgia Tech. I’ve been to Duke, Auburn and Ole Miss. I’ll be at Georgia Tech in the morning (Friday). I’ll be back at Clemson real soon. I’ve talked to my teammate, Justyn Ross, since he goes there, too. I talked to him about it, he was like, ‘I said come up there.'”
Thornton said he plans to visit Clemson again for the cookout in late July. He’d like to make his decision soon, preferably before his season. He does not claim a favorite.