Vigor High School; Prichard, Ala.
Pos: Defensive end
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Wt: 222 pounds
Stats (Senior season): 56 tackles (17 for loss), eight sacks
Stars (Rivals/Scout/247): 4/4/4
Quick hit: Much like fellow defensive end signee Raashed Kennion, Thornton's lanky frame is a plus; the question is how much his weight will hold him back from seeing the field in Year 1.
Malzahn says: "A big, long defensive end that can rush the passer from Mobile. Dameyune (Craig did a great job recruiting him, we really feel like he's got a chance to be an impact player."