An end of week recruiting surge continued for Clemson Friday afternoon when DB Ray Thornton (6-2 195) of Phenix City, AL announced his commitment to the Tigers. He’s the third commitment for the Tigers since Thursday night, all on defense, and he’s the 18th commitment for the 2019 class. Earlier LB Greg Williams and DE Logan Cash committed.
Thornton camped at Clemson earlier in the month and was just offered by Dabo Swinney on Thursday. Obviously, it didn’t take him long to make up his mind.
“Clemson has always been a dream school. It was always one of my top schools even though I didn’t have an offer, so I still had a relationship with the school,” Thornton said. “I thought about it last night after I got the offer. Coach Swinney was the first head coach to actually offer me. Usually, with my other offers, an assistant coach would make the offer. Also, my mom loves Clemson and loves Coach Swinney. I loved every bit of it (camp). I went to the camp there last year, too. I’ve been to a lot of games as a recruit, so it was exciting.”
Thornton will join his former teammate WR Justyn Ross at Clemson in 2019. Ross, the #1 ranked player in Alabama for 2018, signed with the Tigers in February.
“I talk to him and we talked last night,” he said. “He was really excited about it because we both used to go up there at the same time and go to games together. It would be awesome to play with him in college because we both played at the same high school. We’re just going to go to the next level and play together.”
Thornton is a safety who had 45 tackles and 2 interceptions last season. He said the Tigers like how he can run in coverage but can also come up and stop the run.
“They like me at safety but they also told me that I could play nickel. They play up to five safeties on the field at once, so I would be at one of those spots,” he said.
Thornton is the fourth commitment for the secondary and the Tigers now have 10 of their 18 commitments on the defensive side for 2019.