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Auburn DL Justin Thomas-Thornton transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College

Auburn defensive lineman Justin Thomas-Thornton gets ready for drills during spring practice on March 22, 2016.
Auburn defensive lineman Justin Thomas-Thornton gets ready for drills during spring practice on March 22, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn defensive lineman Justin Thomas-Thornton is leaving the program.

Thomas-Thornton announced his decision to transfer to Northwest Mississippi Community on Twitter Sunday morning.

“I had many obstacles, but I overcame them all during my two years here at Auburn,” Thomas-Thornton tweeted. “I am thankful for all the lessons I learned here with the Auburn Football Program. I am officially announcing that I will be pursing my collegiate football and education endeavors elsewhere.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was going into his sophomore season with the Tigers. He redshirted as a true freshman out of Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama.

He made an appearance in Auburn’s season-opener against Louisville, but didn’t record any stats.

Coming out of high school, 247 Sports and Rivals ranked Thomas-Thornton as one of the top 10 prospects at defensive end in the country. The multi-sport standout had 56 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss and eight sacks as a senior.

The former 4-star lineman picked Auburn over Georgia, LSU, Florida, Florida State, USC and Texas A&M.

Thomas-Thornton is the second high profile member of Auburn’s 2014 Class to depart the program this offseason. Coach Gus Malzahn announced at the end of May he granted Roc Thomas’ request for a release to transfer.

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