Thorpe Getting Glimpse of the Future

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Shrine Bowl week has provided UNC verbal commitment T.J. Thorpe a unique opportunity to work out with his future quarterback, Marquise Williams.

"He's been throwing real good balls – even in the cold," Thorpe said. "It's been fun to get a quick glimpse of the future. I know what to look forward to and this has given us work before we get to Carolina."

Thorpe, a 6-foot, 177-pound wide receiver from Durham (N.C.) Jordan, says that he and Williams have already developed chemistry.

"We've been throwing since the combines," Thorpe said. "So he knows where my strengths are and some of my weaknesses, and I know his a little bit. We understand where each other is going to be. He knows if he puts the ball one place, I'll be there and I know if I'm open, he'll put it where it needs to be."

Against South Carolina on Saturday, North Carolina will use a spread style offense.

"It's going to be a little more pass than run, but pretty balanced," Thorpe said. "We like to throw the ball [and] stay in shotgun most of the time. We do a couple of zone reads-type stuff, also."

Thorpe is primarily lining up as the ‘Z' receiver (flanker).

"I'm going to stay on the outside this week," Thorpe said. "[Wide receiver coach Johnny Sowell] told use to choose a [receiver] position that we probably would be best at. I am the only ‘Z' we have, so I'm going to be on the field a good bit."

At the team hotel, Thorpe says all of the UNC commitments assemble in one room.

"We just pick on each other and laugh and joke around," Thorpe said. "We all just have a good time.

"It's not just the [UNC] commitments – even with the whole [North Carolina] team, we meshed as soon as we got here."

In addition to having a having a good time, the UNC commitments have been doing some recruiting of their North Carolina teammates, including Stephone Anthony, Kris Frost, Georgia Tech pledge Vad Lee, and Andre Montgomery.

"Everybody is trying to take a week off from recruiting, but we make sure we keep a bug in [certain players'] ear," Thorpe said.

Because of their off-the-field relationship, Thorpe is the primary recruiter for Lee, who plays at cross-town rival Durham (N.C.) Hillside.

"Being that we have a relationship outside of football bigger than everybody else's, I don't want to bother [Lee] too much about [recruiting]," Thorpe said. "Especially since he just won the state championship, so I let him enjoy that. But by the end of the week, we'll definitely be talking [about UNC]."

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