South Carolina lands Sindarius Thornwell 

October, 1, 2012
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Just when it looked like Monday would pass without much fanfare, Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster, S.C./Oak Hill Academy) happened. Ever get that feeling that it’s time to make a decision and you need to get it off your chest immediately? Well, that's what Thornwell did Monday evening.

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R. Darren Price/The State/Getty ImagesSouth Carolina coach Frank Martin has to be excited he has landed Sindarius Thornwell, a guy he has been on since his first day in Columbia.
“I just felt it,” Thornwell said. “I called [N.C. State] Coach [Mark] Gottfried and let him know and I called [South Carolina] Coach Frank [Martin]. To be honest, Frank didn’t even pick up the phone. I had to call an assistant and he called Frank. [Martin] was happy.”

There’s no doubt Martin was excited. He was also likely caught off guard. Thornwell, No. 44 overall in the ESPN 100, committed to Gamecocks a week before he was set to visit N.C. State.