Kitchings Connects With Thompkins

NC State assistant coach Des Kitchings has the Wolfpack heavily in the mix for three-star standout wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins.

DeAndre Thompkins hasn't wasted any time and is tackling the recruiting process early. He's been especially interested in the in-state schools early in the process.

However, he's also considering several out-of-state programs and he plans to give several of them a close look after visiting some of the in-state programs earlier this year.

Thompkins is scheduled to visit Georgia and Georgia Tech in the first week of April.

Several weeks ago the Swansboro receiver was in Raleigh for the widely publicized annual photo shoot and a junior day.

"It was great. Me and Coach Des Kitchings have a great foundation. We talk a lot and it's not just about football. It's about anything. I was spending time with him but not only him ... my position coach and all the other coaches," Thompkins said. "They're great. From talking to the head coach he's a solid, young, enthusiastic coach. He's upbeat about what's going to happy. We got to see the facility and going to the basketball game was unique."

Thompkins had been to NC State in the past and he had the opportunity to compare the last coaching staff with the current one.

While everyone will have their own thoughts on the similarities and differences, one thing struck Thompkins quickly.

"They're both goal-oriented and both staffs wanted to be the champions of everything, to be the best at everything. That hasn't changed at all," he said. "But it is a higher tempo. They joke around a lot. They're just younger, down to earth coaches. Before it was very straight forward. These coaches are young, down to earth and energetic."

That's similar to how he describes the coaches in Chapel Hill, so if either North Carolina or NC State is to win over Thompkins they will have to go through the other. Thompkins was at North Carolina for their basketball game against Duke.

He said the basketball game made that trip unique as well.

"I had a great time with the staff and environment there. Being able to see the fan base at the basketball game was a once in a lifetime change. We got to spend individual time with our position coaches and I got to talk to the head coach for a while," he said. "We got to see a lot of the facilities you wouldn't normally get to see during the junior day. We got to talk academics with the staff. It was a very informative trip."

While Georgia and Georgia Tech are the only two planned visits Thompkins has he's also expecting to visit Penn State and West Virginia.

"I'm still open-minded," he said. "I'm going to narrow down my schools going into my senior year and my decision should be made between the end of the football year and signing day."

At 6-0, 175 pounds, Thompkins is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 56 wide receiver in the nation by

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