UNC landed a key football recruit for the recruiting class of 2005 last January, even before the LOI's had been mailed in for the class of ‘04. DT Camaron Thomas (6-5, 300 pounds, 5.0-seconds in the 40) from N. Moore High School in Robbins, NC pulled an early trigger for the Heels and has spent much of the past year completely off the recruiting landscape. However, at least a few eyebrows were raised when Thomas decided to take in the Wolfpack's recent matchup with Miami.
Thomas is one of the state's most athletic big men, doubling as a defensive tackle and fullback for his N. Moore squad. Through seven games he had rumbled for 11 touchdowns- a feat eerily reminiscent of Pack DT John McCargo and his exploits in the offensive backfield at Randolph Henry High School in Drake's Branch, Va.
Since committing to the Heels, Thomas has since earned scholarship offers from Indiana and South Carolina although the Hoosiers' interest has all but evaporated. The Gamecocks have shown considerable interest with Thomas' cousin, QB Syvelle Newton, being USC's starting QB until an injury sidelined him earlier this year. Thomas originally hails from Marlboro County, SC and it is very possible South Carolina could get an official visit from the athletic tackle later in the year.
NC State has maintained contact with Thomas but their interest could only be described as lukewarm at the current time. Thomas continues to be solidly committed to UNC, however, it would appear the Pack is simply keeping the lines of communication open in the event Thomas chooses to explore other recruiting options later in the year. This past week the NC State coaching staff gave Thomas an invitation to check out the Pack in person when the Pack took on Miami.
"I came just to visit and watch the game," said Thomas. "Coach Williams (CB coach Greg Williams) had wanted me to visit so I just came up there. I got to see the Walk of Champions. We were in there with Chuck Amato when he was talking to the athletes. We got to see them warm up before the game. The atmosphere at the game was nice. That was real nice."
With his senior season winding down, Thomas offered up an invitation to anyone within driving distance to take in his final regular season game with the Mustangs.
"If anyone wants to come out and see me play, we play our last home game on Nov. 5," said Thomas. "They can come out and see the biggest fullback in the nation."
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