PRICHARD, Ala. -- Auburn capped off a huge week in recruiting with a commitment from one of the state of Alabama’s top overall prospects.
Justin Thornton, a 4-star defensive end from Vigor in Mobile, announced his decision at Walls of Salvation church Sunday morning.
"Today is the day I commit to Auburn University," Thornton said.
He’s the Tigers’ third 4-star commit of the week joining linebacker Tre’ Williams from St. Paul’s in Mobile, who committed Wednesday, and safety Derrick Moncrief from Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston, Miss., who chose Auburn Friday.
Thornton, 6-foot-5 and 222 pounds, narrowed more than 20 offers down to Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M before announcing his decision.
He visited Auburn twice in the last couple of months, which allowed the Tigers to make a big move up his list after not being in his top five. He plans to return May 25 for Big Cat Weekend.
Thornton is Auburn’s seventh commitment for the 2014 class. Six of the seven are in-state prospects including Moncrief, who played at Prattville High School before enrolling at MGCCC last fall, and four are from Mobile including his teammate, 4-star linebacker De’Shaun Davis, who committed to Auburn last month.
Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig was the lead recruiter for Thornton, Williams, Davis and two more of Auburn’s commitments.
Thornton had 62 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks as a junior. He is rated the nation’s No. 5 weakside defensive end and No. 55 overall prospect by 247Sports.