At least one former UCF commit was actually excited to see the former Golden Knights staff, led by Scott Frost, move to Nebraska over the weekend.
Avery Thornton has long been interested in the Huskers program for a variety of reasons. The 3-star athlete committed to UCF over the summer, but backed off that pledge Wednesday night. He’s holding out hope that the new Nebraska staff will extend an offer so he can fulfill a lifelong dream of playing for the Huskers.
I decided to re-open my recruiting process please respect my decision ……………
— Avery Thornton (@Averythornton14) December 6, 2017
“It’s just always been a dream of mine to play for [Nebraska],” Thornton told Land of 10.
His uncles fell in love with the Huskers dynasty of the 1990s and passed down that passion to Thornton. Linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt has contacted Thornton since the transition, but the staff has not offered him a Nebraska scholarship yet.
“But I would love to play for Nebraska,” Thornton said.
Thornton played safety and wide receiver for Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He’s a solid route runner and can cover a lot of ground on the back end defensively. His highlight reel is below.
Now that the coaching staff that recruited him to play at UCF is at one of his dream schools, Thornton sees it as a solid situation, even without an offer.
“What they been doing with their program, it’s just great,” Thornton said. “I feel like it is going to be great with all of them there … they all are great coaches.”
Thornton is a 3-star prospect and the No. 99 athlete in this recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite. He holds just three other offers, from South Florida, Illinois and Western Michigan.
Those are all attractive options, in his opinion, but he hopes one school comes calling sooner rather than later: Nebraska.
“I’m just looking for a home,” he said.
Does Thornton think Nebraska can be that home?