A new QB has landed in Phoenix and it looks like he will be a Padre. Quarterback Tommy Thornton, formerly of Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado has moved to the Valley of the Sun and will enroll at Marcos de Niza High School.
Thornton, who has started varsity for 5A Ponderosa since the second half of his freshman season, helped guide the Mustangs to a playoff berth last year in a 6-4 campaign. Thornton's game is built on very solid accuracy and the ability to manage an offense based on his already advanced time as a starter. Along with these skills, Thornton has good mobility and ever improving arm strength.
This offseason Thornton has dedicated himself to his game as well as improving his size and strength. Currently, Thornton is just over 6-1 tall and weighs in at 200 pounds. Thornton has also increased his speed and quickness and could be a threat in the run game.
Upon enrolling at Marcos, Thornton will have the opportunity to compete for the QB duties of a team that was the 5A runner up in Arizona on the strength of a 12-2 season. Marcos lost many key performers including All-Staters Ramon Abreu and Justin Rodriguez, but the cupboard in not bare for the Padres as playmakers Anthony Shivers and Martwon Weaver return.