January 8, 2009

Thornton not excited about MWC

With a scholarship offer from the University of Colorado this week to DeVaughn Thornton, the chances for Mountain West Conference Schools to score a signature for the 6-foot-5, 217-pound tight end from Denver East High School are becoming less. That is bad news for the three Mountain West Conference schools who have offered Thornton - Wyoming, San Diego State and Colorado State.

"I don't want to play in the Mountain West," Thornton said Wednesday night. "I want to come in and play right away. A lot of schools said I could do that if I get some weight on me and some muscle on me. Nothing wrong with the Mountain West Conference, but I feel like I can play on the big stage - Pac-10, Big 12."

Thornton caught 44 passes for 786 yards and 11 scores this season and was rewarded by walking into his house this weekend to find CU assistant coach Kent Riddle sitting at his kitchen table with a scholarship offer.

"I had been talking to that coach for a while and they said they had an offer on the table and when he came in he verified it, saying I could come in right away and play," Thornton said.

In addition to the interest from Colorado - he will visit Boulder on Jan. 16 - Thornton is also hearing from Arizona State, which is recruiting him as a defensive end. He said he is also going to take his time in making a decision to see what other offers come in.

He said he has seen Colorado State and taking an official visit, enjoying his time. For now, he said he is keeping them in his top-five.

In addition to his prowess on the gridiron, Thornton is also the leader of a Denver East boys basketball squad that is 11-3 this season, averaging 19.3 points per game.

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