If you follow Big 12 recruiting, it’s likely that you recognize the name Tyquan Thornton. Tyquan committed to Baylor back on March 29th, shortly after visiting campus. Thornton, who was a three-star at the time, blew up over the summer, and picked up a large amount of offers, causing him to ultimately decommit on June 7th. He eventually decided on a new school: Florida, and had been happily committed for months, only visiting Florida and Miami during the season. However, when Jim McElwain was fired, Thornton was encouraged to look around, and yesterday, he flipped his commitment back to his original choice, the Baylor Bears.
— T.Thornton4️⃣ (@Humble_Ty19) December 17, 2017
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Thornton is the 22nd member of Baylor’s 2018 class, and the fourth true receiver, along with Jackson Gleeson, Joshua Fleeks, and Kalon Barnes, though at least one or two of the athletes they have committed (BJ Hanspard, Stanley Hackett and Mark Milton) will likely end up at receiver as well. With this massive commitment, Baylor now has the 26th best class according to 247Sports, and the fifth best class in the Big 12, behind Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia.
This flip doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Dan Mullen has done a really poor job of keeping in contact with some of Florida’s commits, including former quarterback pledge Matt Corral, and that was the case here. Thornton didn’t want to be left without a school, and plans to sign early, so he decided he’d take some visits. However, the first visit he took ended up being the only one he needed, as he visited Waco on December first, and, with some help from Matt Rhule, Evan Cooper, and the whole Baylor staff, felt extremely comfortable, hence the commitment.
This is what I had to say about his on the field play back in his original commitment article:
Thornton projects to be a serious outside threat in Waco. He’s a very long receiver, and at 6-foot-3 165 pounds, he could probably afford to fill out a little before he starts being an every down receiver at Baylor. He’s got the frame that a deep ball threat needs, and has all kinds of athleticism. His routes aren’t great, but he’s got good hands, and his film reminds me a lot of A.J. Green’s high school film. I’m not saying he’s going to be A.J. Green, but the physical tools are there for Thornton, though development will be needed at Baylor.