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Recruiting Roundup: Fred Thornton, OL

Fred Thornton
OL, 6-4, 310 LBS, ESPN Grade = 74
Fr. Phoenix, Arizona (South Mountain HS)

You are not getting to this QB.

One of the most prominent two-way interior linemen in the state of Ariozna, will probably grade out as a tackle for ASU. Tremendously strong and powerful with the ability to be a dominant force. A nasty physical lineman, has the ability to play either guard or tackle. Excelled on both lines and will focus on offense at the college level.

Scouting Report:
Bench presses 350 pounds and squats 580. Scouts - Thornton is a big powerful offensive lineman that is physically intimidating. He has decent running ability but is stiff in the hips and knees. Very tough at the point of attack and gets good movement when he uses his hands to deliver a good initial punch; would even be more consistent in terms of movement if he played with better leverage. Gets out of his stance quickly when pulling but needs to be more aggressive when turning upfield to pick up defenders; tends to be unsure who to block at times. Has a great frame for pass protection and does a very solid job when he kicks back and uses his hands as weapons in stopping the charge of the pass rusher. Thornton is a huge man that has the strength to be dominant if he works on his agility and flexibility.

Was named the 2008 Player of the Year in Arizona's 5A-II Metro Region. Earned First-Team All-5A honors as a senior by the Arizona Republic. Played in the 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach S.C. Played with fellow signees Jamal Miles and William Sutton.

High School
Attended same high school as former Sun Devils Jason Shivers and Tyrice Thompson. Coached by Zane Zamenski at South Mountain High school. Collected 33 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery on defense.

The Verdict:
A key offensive line recruit that many of you were clamoring for. Sounds like with some coaching, this kid could be something special. You cannot teach size and this kis is massive. With some technique refinements he could be a force along the line. The third and final OL recruit for 2009 - and while the class only had one beast, Thornton could turn into a starter within the next year.