January 27, 2012

QB Thornton to Visit Wyoming

Tommy Thornton attended the Wyoming Brown and Gold camp in June and now has an apparent visit to Laramie in the final weekend of prospect visits.

Thornton has ties to the region where he played his sophomore year in Parker, Colorado before moving south to Arizona.

He made his initial trip to Laramie for the one day camp this summer.

"I've been to Cheyenne but never to the (UW) campus," said Thornton. "Coming from Denver moving to Phoenix. I've been up here a couple of times. First time to Laramie. I really like the facilities and seems like a great campus. I really like it so far."

The Cowboys are closely evaluating Thornton who is listed as a Pro-style quarterback but showed the ability to move around the pocket and run effectively like a dual-threat signal caller during the camp.

He was watched by head coach Dave Christensen and Offensive Coordinator Gregg Brandon during the summer camp and the Cowboys stayed in contact, especially after the departure of freshmen Adam Pittser from the program in December.

He says coming to Wyoming gave him a chance to showcase some of his skills to the UW staff and looked to make an impact with the help of assistant coach Matt Rahl.

"I talked to coach Rahl and he came down and visited me at my school. He recommended to me that I come up here," said Thornton. "I also got an email from their Offensive Coordinator in Coach Brandon and said he would like me to come up and he can watch me throw the ball. I thought it would be a good opportunity."

The Cowboys looked to get a good assessment of him with his senior season still ahead with Mountain West, Pac-10, and WAC programs showing the most interest.

"Right now I'm being recruited mainly by WAC schools, Mountain West Schools, UNLV, Wyoming, Nevada-Reno, and some of those schools," said Thornton. "They like my decision making, accuracy, I have the size and I can move and make plays with my feet. I have a pretty strong arm."

Thornton said he's going to continue to work on fine tuning his abilities as a quarterback over the next several months.

He has made the rounds to the camp circuit hoping to show himself to college recruiters. He also attended the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at Stanford.

"I need to work on consistency probably and making sure I'm 100% accurate. Every ball is right on the money," said Thornton. "It's really about focus and improving everyday."

Thornton threw for 1,873 yards and 22 touchdowns in his junior season at Marcos De Niza High School.

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