Four-star wide receiver Tyquan Thornton (6-foot-3, 165 pounds, Miami, Fla.) is one of the top receivers in the 2018 class, and he had been committed to Florida since July.
However, Thornton has now changed course, as he announced on Saturday that he had flipped his commitment from Florida to the Baylor Bears.
These past four years have been the most fulfilling times of my life. High school football, Track & Field and most importantly having my son has changed me forever. I’ve grown so much as a man and some times we have to make grown man decisions. At times we rush things that we should take our time with. Prayer and family/friend council has gotten me this far so I figured I would go back to that. With that being said I feel that the best decision for my family and I and most of all MY FUTURE is to attend Baylor University. Instead of everyone rushing to judgement I would instead ask that you all support me and pray for my success. Thank you and god bless you all.
Thornton had originally decommitted from Baylor over the summer before switching his status to Florida in July.
Thornton had taken a visit to Baylor two weeks ago, but the flip is still surprising as Florida loses yet another recruit amid their coaching change. Florida has now lost nine recruits over the past month, with No. 3 quarterback Matt Corral perhaps being the most significant. Corral announced a flip from Florida to Ole Miss on Thursday night.
As for Baylor, there needs to be some heavy praise for head coach Matt Rhule with what he has done so far in rebuilding the football program after the fallout from the Art Briles debacle. While there is still a long ways to go for the program on the field — 1-11 in the 2017 season — Rhule has the program set up for success thanks to the No. 26 ranked recruiting class so far for 2018.
Thornton is ranked as a four-star by the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is Baylor’s third commitment this cycle to be rated as a four-star by that ranking.