MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jalen Thornton, whose father John was a West Virginia standout and 10-year NFL veteran, committed to the Mountaineers on Friday, becoming their fourth pledge for the 2019 class.

A 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Thornton is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals. His early offers include Kentucky, Iowa State, Cincinnati and Marshall.

Thornton told Rivals that his dad’s legacy at WVU (1995-1998) made him grow up a fan.

“It’s home, you know,” he said.

After receiving an offer last summer from West Virginia, Thornton made 91 tackles and five sacks as a junior to earn third-team all-state honors.

“He displays good power at the high school level and the lateral quickness to stretch things out,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings of “Plus he looks comfortable in a three-man scheme.”


Three-star 2019 defensive end Jalen Thornton (52), the son of former Mountaineer great John Thornton, committed to WVU on Friday.

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