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Early Signing Period: West Virginia signs defensive line legacy Jalen Thornton

The son of Mountaineer legend John Thornton will follow his father’s path to Morgantown

Jalen Thornton | Twitter @JalenThornton52

Take Me Home ‘19: Jalen Thornton, Defensive Line

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
DL 6'3" 242 Indian Hill H.S. (Cincinnati, OH) Three-star; No. 78 SDE


247Sports (composite): ★★★; Grade: 0.8511; No. 1081 National; No. 78 SDE; No. 48 OH

247Sports: ★★★; Grade: 87; No. 701 National; No. 51 SDE ; No. 31 OH

ESPN: ★★★; Grade: 74; No. 159 DE; No. 142 Regional; No. 52 OH

Rivals: ★★★; Rating: 5.6; No. 37 OH

Verbally Committed on February 2, 2018

The West Virginia Mountaineers have had a nice little string of success when it comes to signing legacy recruits - most notably the Stills brothers - and it doesn’t look like that trend will be slowing down anytime soon. Thornton is a versatile athlete whose high school ran both a three-man and four-man front defense, with Jalen coming off the edge in both.

Jalen chose the Mountaineers over offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky and Marshall.

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