December 26, 2008

East tight end looks at CSU

College recruiters in two sports are well aware of the name Da Vaughn Thornton. The Denver East High School athlete is receiving interest from coaches in both football as well as basketball. Thornton stands 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds, while carrying a 3.5 grade point average.

This football season Thornton caught 44 passes for 786 yards and 11 touchdowns, playing both the outside receiver as well as tight end in the East High spread offense. Those numbers have him holding scholarship offers from Colorado State, Wyoming and San Diego State.

"Individually, I had a pretty good season," Thornton said. "I led the state most of the year in receiving. We lost in the second round to a team we could have beat in Grandview. We had them down 28-20 but we lost. We had a real good football team this year."

Thornton has already visited Colorado State, visiting the Fort Collins campus on Dec. 5. It was the second time he had been on the CSU campus, including a visit to Hughes Stadium for the Texas Christian game.

"It was a nice campus," Thornton said. "I thought their plans for the practice facility were nice too."

"I like it (the visit) a lot," Thornton added. "They run a pro-style offense. I liked the atmosphere and the coaching staff. I really liked Coach Fairchild."

While Colorado State, Wyoming and San Diego State are the only schools to offer Thornton a scholarship, they are far from the only schools to make contact with the East end. New Mexico, Colorado, Cal, Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State have all expressed interest.

In addition to his time on the football field, Thornton is also the leading scorer on the East Angels' basketball team, posting a 19.3 points per game average. He has also posted a 4.4 rebounds per game average through the first six games of the season. Last season he averaged 13.3 points per game as a forward for the back-to-back state champion Angels.

Thornton said Colorado State is one a couple schools who have said they would let him play both football and basketball in college. Right now, Thornton said he is keeping his options open, but is looking for a school that will let him play right away, as well as one with a high academic standing.

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