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2019 DB catches Conn's attention at camp

After camping at Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Florida this month, Phenix City (Ala.) Central 2019 safety Ray Thornton traveled to Clemson to showcase his talents last week.

Thornton competed at the final session of the Dabo Swinney Camp on Thursday.

“I enjoyed being there and competing with the other players,” Thornton said. “Being coached by some of the best coaches was an honor. Also knowing that they had one of the best coaching staffs made me work harder.”

Thornton (6-2, 195) spoke with safeties coach Mickey Conn about his performance afterward.

“He said he likes the way I play, and I have good size,” Thornton said. “He said I did very well and he’ll watch my film. He also said I’ll be on Clemson’s recruiting board because I excelled at the camp.”

Thornton picked up his first offer from Mississippi State in May. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia are showing interest.

This marked Thornton’s third visit to Clemson for the Swinney Camp, but he said it felt like his first.

“That was my third time going. It was actually like my first since they added more to it,” he said.

“The campus really stood out to me,” he added. “I think the coaches really care about the players.”

Thorton plans to camp at Florida State and Kentucky this summer, as well.

Thorton transferred to Central High from Columbus (Ga.) after his sophomore year. He is teammates with five-star Clemson wide receiver target Justyn Ross.

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