May 6, 2010

Former Clemson signee down to four

Former Clemson signee Marcus Thornton has narrowed his list of schools to four and one of the remaining programs is Mark Fox's Georgia Bulldogs.

The former Westlake star made the announcement in an email to UGASports Thursday night.

"I have limited my choices to four schools - Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas (in alphabetical order)," Thornton said. "I really appreciate all the interest and the time the coaches have spent recruiting me. I also appreciate the support of all my friends and family, and all the other people out there who have been wishing me well."

It's been a busy road for Thornton, the nation's 26th-ranked player according to

The 6-foot-7 power forward signed with Clemson during the NCAA's early signing period last January, but after former Tiger coach Oliver Purnell left to take over the job at DePaul, Thornton requested a release from his letter of intent.

Clemson obliged, starting his recruitment process all over again.

"Over the past month, my parents, my sister and I have spent many hours discussing and researching all of the colleges interested in me as a student-athlete," Thornton said. "We have been looking at things such as academics, player development, style of play, program tradition & stability, and how I "see myself fitting" into their basketball program as well as their overall university. It has been an educational, but long and challenging process."

Thornton, who has visited Alabama and Texas thus far, is expected to visit Georgia and Georgia Tech before finally making up his mind.

There's a timetable there, too.

"I will graduate from Westlake High School on May 21st and would like to have my decision made by then," Thornton said. "This will allow me to concentrate on getting ready for summer school, which starts as early as June 1st for many universities."

In his email, Thornton publically thanked all the schools who showed interest during the entire process.

"To the other schools that offered scholarships, I want to say thanks for your time and consideration. It was an honor to be recruited by those universities. There was nothing wrong with any of the other colleges," Thornton said. "They all are great. Unfortunately, in the recruiting process, you can only pick one, and it has been very challenging to narrow down the list, and I expect it to continue being that way over the next few weeks. However, I feel very blessed to have the opportunities."

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