Pack Makes Thompkins a Priority

NC State hit the road Monday and one of the first prospects they visited was Swansboro (NC) wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins.

The spring evaluation period kicked off on Monday and one of the very first prospects NC State hit the road to check in on was Swansboro (NC) wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins.

Wolfpack tailbacks coach Des Kitchings and wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson made the stop at Swansboro and while they couldn't talk to Thompkins, their intentions were obvious coming on the heels of the rising seniors visit to NC State on Saturday.

NC State isn't alone in their pursuit of Thompkins as he's landed recent offers from Tennessee and Notre Dame to go along with earlier pledges from UNC, Penn State and others.

Thompkins will visit Penn State this weekend but he was recently at both NC State and North Carolina, visiting both of the schools on the same day. At least for now, if he has any favorites, Thompkins is keeping that information close to the vest.

"Nobody's standing out. Everybody's pretty much recruiting me heavily," Thompkins explained.

Saturday the 6-0, 175-pound athlete visited NC State for the third time. He sat in on the offensive meetings, spoke with several members of the coaching staff, watched a practice and then had some individual time with various coaches.

It was a full day, especially considering he also had a similar schedule at North Carolina.

"The meetings at State were great. The coaches are enthusiastic and they approach the game at a high level. They expect the best from their players. They told me how I fit the program and what they're trying to develop coming into this season and next season. They talked to me about what they expect offensive wise.

"I would fit in the offense perfect. What they're trying to do is be the fastest team and get the ball in the open space to their playmakers. That's just like some of the other schools recruiting me but that's what they want to do and I like it."

Dave Doeren, Des Kitchings and Frisman Jackson were the coaches that spoke with Thompkins the most while he visited.

Thompkins is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 56 wide receiver in the nation by

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