UNC One of Miss. OT's Top Schools

North Carolina made a strong impression on Jake Thomas during his visit to the campus last week.

"North Carolina definitely jumped up there," Thomas said. "They're definitely one of my top schools now. I don't have a specific list, but it's definitely a school that I'm interested in and I'll be considering really hard. The coaching staff is a bunch of really good guys."

By the end of the summer, Thomas plans to narrow his focus to three schools. Already, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle from Columbus (Miss.) has a pretty good idea of two of the three that will make his cut.

"I feel like North Carolina will definitely be in there and Mississippi State," Thomas said. "I like the coaches at both schools. With State, it's 20 minutes down the road from me and my mom got her Master's there."

Thomas traveled to UNC last Tuesday.

"It went well," Thomas said. "I was very impressed by everything I saw. It was good to see all the coaches again."

UNC's coaching staff was technically on vacation, but assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Chris Kapilovic came into the office to greet Thomas. Brewer personally gave Thomas a full tour of UNC's campus.

"I liked that it had a small town feel to it, but it's still a college town," Thomas said. "The campus is real nice and it's a lot larger than I thought it would be."

Like Thomas, Brewer played high school ball in Columbus, Miss.

"I don't know if I can say enough about Coach Brewer. He's a great man. I don't know a better way to say it, but he's a good old southern guy."

After the tour, Thomas sat down with Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"We were mostly talking about my possibly of playing there and trying to get me down there for a game day," Thomas said. "And then we talked about the possibility of them trying to get me a scholarship. They're going to talk things over once all the coaches are back in."

Thomas left Chapel Hill that afternoon and headed to Duke's campus. The next day, he visited Tennessee and Vanderbilt before heading home.

This Tuesday, Thomas plans to revisit Mississippi. He is scheduled to visit Stanford this coming weekend. In between both trips, he figures to squeeze in a visit to Mississippi State.

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