Posted by Bryan Fischer
Despite a coaching staff on shaky ground, former Kentucky commitment and Hinesville (Ga.) running back Shadrach Thornton committed to N.C. State last Friday night.
“I really like the pro-style offense that North Carolina State runs and I like (running backs) coach (Everette) Sands. After he saw my highlights, he was all over it,” Thornton told the Savannah Morning News. “Even when I took trips to other schools, he stayed on me and let me know how much he wanted me to play there.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound back picked the Wolfpack over his other finalists Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
“I hope I can have an impact right away,” he said. “I’m a competitor and I believe anything is possible.”
Thornton is the 16th commitment for N.C. State's class of 2012. He rushed for 1,738 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
"He runs low to the ground, breaks tackles, falls forward, keeps his pads low, and does a good job of finishing off his runs," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Not a super blazer but a very dependable back who can get you the tough inside yards but also has enough pop to cause problems on the outside. A bit of a one move TB but has proven to be capable of carrying a heavy load."