The UNC-ECU game was the first in a long line of college game visits for Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide receiver from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, as he attempts to evaluate the game day atmospheres of his scholarship offering schools.
"To get on the field and see the student section, the band, and how hype the coaches and the players are, it was real good," Thompson said.
Next up for Thompson is the Florida State-NC State game in Raleigh on Oct. 6. He plans to attend a game at Clemson at some point.
Saturday's UNC trip was Thompson's third or fourth visit to Chapel Hill. However, it was his first exposure to Larry Fedora's newly installed up-tempo, spread offense.
"It's up-tempo and they throw the ball a lot," Thompson said. "They told me they were going to throw the ball a lot, so I was just looking for that to be true."
While on campus, Thompson had brief conversations with several members of UNC's coaching staff, including Fedora and assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Randy Jordan.
"Pretty much, they were telling me there wasn't any other place but Carolina," Thompson said.
Thompson's Hillside teammates Francis and Korrin Wiggins, who also attended the UNC-ECU game, have been verbally committed to the Tar Heels for approximately eight months.
"They give me advice," Thompson said. "They don't really try to pressure me to go to North Carolina because they are committed there."
Clemson has been somewhat of a leader for Thompson since becoming the first school to offer him a scholarship during the spring. While UNC improved its chances with Saturday's visit, it hasn't elevated itself to the level of Clemson in Thompson's mind just yet.
"I definitely want an offense that gets the ball to their receivers and throws the ball a lot," Thompson said. "I want a place that feels like another home."