ICYMI: IU picks up commitment from wide receiver

Leon Thornton, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he has committed to Indiana. 

Thornton committed to IU over offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Iowa State.

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Leon Thornton talked scheme with Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns on Tuesday night and felt at home in the discussion. So much of what the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., was doing in his high school’s offense applied directly to the discussion.

“We were going over most of the schemes,” Thornton said. “A lot of the stuff was really familiar, just different names.”

That familiarity was part of what led Thornton to commit to Indiana on Wednesday over offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Western Michigan. Thornton is part of a wide-open spread offense at Montini Catholic, and was impressed with what Indiana’s similar offense did for the Hoosiers. 

“They have the No. 1 passing offense in the Big Ten,” Thornton said. “As a wide receiver, that sells it self.”

Similarly, Thornton sells himself as an easy fit in the Indiana offense. Montini Catholic offensive coordinator Robert Aurelio said that last season Thornton was used as both an inside and outside wide receiver and that he was also used in the backfield.

“Theres nothing he doesn’t have,” Aurelio said. “He has the moves. He can get open. He can break press coverage, he can work in zones. His hands are outstanding. His leaping ability is outstanding. Being an offensive coordinator, the guy makes me look good all the time.”

Thornton caught 54 passes for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He’s a three-start recruit according to Rivals.com, the No. 11 ranked player in the state of Illinois and the No. 60 wide receiver nationally.

“He goes over the middle to make tough catches and he stretches the field vertically,” Aurelio said. “He took a 3-yard slant for us, shook off a couple of tackles and took it the distance, so he can run after the catch. he’s a game-changer.”

Thornton is the fourth member of Indiana’s Class of 2015, joining quarterback Tommy Stevens, offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak and defensive end Jacob Robinson.


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  1. You can never stop recruiting! Coach Wilson is now getting high quality football players and athletes to pick Indiana over other good football programs. GO IU!

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