WVU is getting a jump on the 2019 recruiting class. Now the Mountaineers add a huge legacy recruit to the class. Defensive end Jalen Thornton, son of former Mountaineer defensive tackle John Thornton, committed to the Mountaineers. The Cincinnati (OH) Indian Hill star chose the Mountaineers over Iowa State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Marshall and more.
— Jalen Thornton ???? (@JalenThornton52) February 2, 2018
Thornton is ranked the No. 31 prospect out of Ohio, according to 247Sports. So far he is West Virginia’s second-highest ranked commit out of the 2019 class.
It’s early, but the Mountaineers are getting a jump on the 2019 class. So far they are ranked No. 19 overall and No. 3 in the Big 12. If the Mountaineers are able to have a successful 2018 season this could turn out to be an incredible recruiting class and the one that helps the Mountaineers turn the corner and compete for Big 12 titles.
It’s great to see these legacy recruits coming in. Former Mountaineer great Gary Stills has both of his sons on the roster with sophomore Darius Stills and incoming freshman Dante Stills. Now Mountaineer legend John Thornton has his son, Jalen Thornton, ready to come join the Stills brothers on the defensive line.
Former #WVU legends Gary Stills and John Thornton (late 90’s) were teammates, and now their sons will be able to follow in their footsteps.
DL Darius Stills- Sophomore
DL Dante Stills- Incoming Frosh
DL Jalen Thornton- 2019 WV commit pic.twitter.com/XqcoWlAmEr
— Schuyler Callihan (@DVNCallihan) February 2, 2018
Congrats to Jalen Thornton on becoming a Mountaineer and let’s keep building on this 2019 class.