Posted: 5:47 pm Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Glades Day alum Joshua Thornton heads west 

By Matt Porter

One of the top defensive players from the 2011 high school graduating class, Glades Day’s Joshua (J.T.) Thornton, is determined to play Division I football.



He knows he’s going to have to wait.

Thornton, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback, will play this season at Allan Hancock College, a community college in Santa Maria, Calif.

Thornton committed to Illinois in his senior year, but academic issues prevented him from signing in Feb. 2011.

In January, he landed at Western Illinois and hoped to play this fall. He participated in spring football but didn’t feel at home.

“WIU just wasn’t a good fit for me and my DB coach left the school,” he said. “I decided to go Juco and try to go big. I’m focused and ready to do big things.”

Thornton, who still has four years of NCAA eligibility, ended his high school career as the No. 23 prospect on the PBGametime Big Board. He was a first-team Post All-Area selection despite breaking his leg late in his senior season.