Thomason Rescheduling Visit

Though he readily admits his recruitment is far from over, a couple of schools have emerged as favorites for Justin Thomason, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.

"I'm pretty interested in everybody so far, but I have two that kind of stick out – North Carolina and Vanderbilt," Thomason said. "I'm going to wait until after our football season [to make a decision] so that I could start really thinking about it.

"I like North Carolina because they're in the ACC and because they're a good football team. I think they have good coaches. And I've always liked the North Carolina Tar Heels.

"I like Vanderbilt because of the education and it's in a great city. And I like their new head coach, Coach [James] Franklin."

Of the two favorites, Thomason has only visited Vanderbilt. He was scheduled to officially visit UNC this coming weekend for his first trip to Chapel Hill, but that has since been postponed.

"We had to reschedule it because my dad had surgery on his shoulder," Thomason said.

Thomason is now in the process of rescheduling that trip.

"[UNC assistant coach Joe Robinson] is trying to find out the times for the games," Thomason said. "Because I could either come for a night game or I'll come as soon as the season is over.

"I'd rather do it after the season so I can spend more time with the coaches and stuff. But also, I'd rather see the game. So it really doesn't matter [if I officially visit during or after the season]."

With the postponement, Thomason doesn't have any official visits scheduled. Besides UNC, he's considering officially visiting Boston College and Washington State.

"[Vanderbilt] is not that far – it's like three and a half hours from here," Thomason said. "I want to use my official visits for schools that are farther away. I'll probably go to a game [at Vanderbilt]."

All of the aforementioned schools, plus nearly 20 others, have offered Thomason as scholarship.

UNC verbally offered Thomason in May and then sent out the official scholarship letter just before his senior season began.

Since the spring, Thomason has maintained a steady line of communication with Robinson. That communication has increased recently.

"I called him every other day last week, I talked to him [Tuesday], and when they were first allowed to call me on Sept. 1 he called me at 7 o'clock in the morning," Thomason said. "He tells me about the playing time I would get there, and the tradition of the school, and how they want me up there." Robinson makes sure to drive home the fact that UNC is in need of depth at the defensive end position.

"He said I would come in and without even taking a snap be competing for second string," Thomason said. "That caught my eye."

Thomason didn't begin playing football until his sophomore season at ELCA. After a year of getting accustomed to the sport, he earned a starting role at defensive end as a junior. Thus far this season, he has accumulated 25 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.

Justin Thomason Profile


Inside Carolina Top Stories