AJCs Michael Carvell reports that the sweepstakes for Marcus Thornton's signature have begun in earnest. In addition to Tech and Bama, Coach Fox is going up against Calapari and a slew of others that may include UTs Pearl and Auburn's new head coach Tony Barbee.
While Thornton's dad says he's surprised by all of the attention, he had glowing things to say about Georgia's hoops coach (as well as Tech's Hewitt, fwiw).
“(Coach Fox) was a very personable individual. He almost seems like a Southerner. To me, he seems like a natural fit to Georgia. When you call his cell phone, his ringback tone is the song “Georgia On My Mind.” That was very touching. Georgia had the advantage seeing Marcus a lot on the AAU circuit....” (follow the link for more)
The NCAAs contact period begins April 16th.