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Auburn football recruiting: 4-star DE Justin Thornton commits to Tigers

Gus Malzahn picked up another big commitment out of Mobile on Sunday.


Auburn's recruiting hot streak continued on Sunday morning, as defensive end Justin Thornton committed to the Tigers. Thornton is the third player to commit to Auburn this week.

Thornton, who stands 6'5 and weighs in at 222 pounds, is a four-star prospect, per 247Sports. He's the fifth-best weakside defensive end in the Class of 2014 and the No. 4 player from the state of Alabama. Out of Vigor High School, he is Auburn's fourth commit from Mobile in the Class of 2014.

Thornton had 20 offers from various SEC and national powers. He chose Auburn over LSU and Texas A&M.

Wide receivers coach and recruiting extraordinaire Dameyune Craig continued to prove just how valuable he is, taking charge as Thornton's primary recruiter. Craig's Mobile connections once again paid off for the Tigers, as the plucked another highly-touted player from what has been an Alabama hotbed in recent years.

Thornton is the fourth four-star player to become a part of the Tigers' 2014 class. He joins St. Paul's (Mobile) inside linebacker Tre' Williams, who committed to Auburn on Wednesday, and JUCO safety Derrick Moncrief, from Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. Moncrief committed on Friday and inside linebacker De'Shaun Davis, also from Vigor.