NC State has been extremely active at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC over the last several months. They have extended an offer to defensive end Tariq Edwards and are actively recruiting his brother, Tyrell. The Pack has also offered wideout Kinsman Thomas and pushing hard to land him in the class of 2009.
At 6-2, 195 pounds, Thomas is a sizeable target that hauled in 29 pass receptions for 591 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior en route to all-region and all-state honors.
Currently unrated by Scout.com, Thomas was in attendance at the Nike Camp held in Chapel Hill in the hopes of elevating his recruiting stock.
“It was my first time getting invited to any kind of combine so I wanted to go up there and do good,” said Thomas. “I wanted to see how I could do against some of the other top players around. I saw a lot of good players but I would say that running back from Scotland County, Damonte Terry, he really impressed me.”
To date Thomas has landed early scholarship offers from NC State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Illinois and Buffalo. While some behind the scenes consider Thomas to be a Clemson lean, the rising senior talked about the Tigers along with a couple of the other schools on his offer sheet.
“With South Carolina, I really like their academics and how everybody over there is down to earth,” he said. “Their game time atmosphere is nice. I went last year to their game with Vanderbilt.
“At Clemson, I like the way they run their offense and their academics. I also like the location.
“With NC State, they always seem to train their receivers good and I like the coach that is recruiting me, coach Bridge. He’s a cool guy and has been my school.”
For the record, Thomas said he doesn’t have any schools out front just yet.
“There’s really no top schools right now. I would say all of them are pretty much neck and neck.”
Thomas plans to ride the process out a while before making a decision on a future college and is looking forward to hitting camps at South Carolina, Clemson and NC State this summer. He added that those three programs are currently recruiting him the hardest.