Scouting Report: Justin Thornton

Scouting Report: Justin Thornton

Justin Thornton committed to Auburn during church Sunday morning and he is high on Scout's board. Find out what the Tigers are getting in Thornton here...

  • Prospect: Justin Thornton
  • Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
  • High School: Vigor
  • Class: 2014
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Size: 6-5/224
  • Ranking on Scout: No. 9 DE | No. 6 in Ala. | No. 63 Overall
  • Winner: Auburn
  • Loser: LSU

    Strengths

  • Pursuit
  • Length
  • Speed to the ball
  • Containing the edge
  • Hands

    Areas for Improvement

  • Strength
  • Playing the run
  • Moves off the ball

    Scouting Report

    Thornton is a long and lean rush end at this stage, but he has plenty of length, he is a good athlete, and he has the frame to add considerable weight to balance out his game more. He is best when pursuing the ball and having a free path to the quarterback. He covers a lot of ground quickly and while his first step may be closer to average, his speed to the ball is very good. He is more of a pass rush guy now and as he adds weight/muscle to his frame he will improve against the run. He has shown the ability to use his hands and to shed blockers, but he needs to play with more consistent pad level and work on his moves off the ball.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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