The hits just keep on comin'!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>After long discussions my family I plan to continue my college education and football career at Indiana University ⚪️ ⚪️ <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Hoosiers&src=hash">#Hoosiers</a></p>— Black Augustus (@Gotta_BeGreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gotta_BeGreat/statuses/476731750630957058">June 11, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The Hoosiers picked up their fourth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class when Leon Thornton pulled the trigger during his visit to Bloomington. The Illinois native is a three-star, ranked as the 94th best wide receiver in the nation by the 247 Composite.
Once considered an early Illinois lean, the tide turned over recent months in regards to his Thornton's recruitment. It turns out that all the Indiana staff needed to do was get the young man down to campus to close the deal.
Thornton possesses good height at 6-foot-2, and is well built with a sturdy frame. His speed is not top notch, but it is good enough to compete in the Big Ten. He makes up for a lack of straight-line speed with sudden acceleration, which you do not often see in receivers his size.
Unlike many receivers coming out of high school, Thornton is relatively polished, and is schooled in the nuances of the game. He has a good burst off the line, allowing him to set defenders up by using what they give to him. Stops and starts very well, and is a quality route runner.
He has very good ball skills, and uses his quick hands to bring down balls away from his body. Transitions well in route-catch-run scenarios with little wasted motion. Plays confidently both down the sideline an in a crowd over the middle of the field. A reliable receiver, Thornton becomes more of an obvious play maker the more you watch him. He knows how to get himself open, and wins the majority of match-ups against man coverage.
If I am being honest, I am a little surprised that Thornton hasn't received more attention on the recruiting trail than he has. I believe he is an underrated prospect, who has good size and a unique understanding and feel for his game.
Thornton is now the second highest ranked member of the Hoosier's 2015 class, behind quarterback Tommy Stevens, who committed just last week. It's hard to believe that the thought of linking up with Stevens in the future didn't have something to do with Thornton making his decision this weekend. He traveled down to campus with fellow Illinois receiver Miles Boykin. While having a friend already committed to the program should help, it's hard to imagine that the Hoosiers have a realistic shot at the four-star Boykin with Michigan State and Notre Dame being the front runners.
The dominoes keep falling for the Hoosier program, and don't expect it to end anytime soon!