Former LSU linebacker reportedly makes transfer decision
Former LSU outside linebacker Ray Thornton appears to be headed to his home state to finish out his college career.
Thornton, a former 4-star recruit for the Tigers out of the class of 2016, will transfer to Texas, according to 247Sports. Cal, Kansas, Michigan, and TCU were the other programs that offered him.
The Killeen, Tex. product had the Longhorns as a finalist during his original recruitment in high school before ultimately signing with LSU.
While at LSU, Thornton redshirted as a true freshman in 2016. In 2017, he recorded 10 tackles in 6 games, earning starts against Texas A&M and against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl. He started twice more in 2018 while making 12 appearances, recording 21 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.0 sacks.
Over his next 2 seasons, though, he made just 9 tackles in 14 games in 2019 and 5 tackles in 9 games in 2020, the last season being spent at the middle linebacker slot. He now looks to be headed back to his home state to play under new Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian.