Five-Star DT Likes UNC's Tradition

ATLANTA --- Five-star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson says he has a genuine interest in North Carolina, despite living in the heart of SEC Country and holding offers from schools nationwide.

"They're known for putting D-linemen in the [National Football] League," Thompson said.

"I like the coach. He came down, but he couldn't really talk to me. But he talked to my coach and talked about the scheme that they run. I like what he had to say about that.

"And also they have big physical D-linemen that are probably going to the League next year."

According to Thompson, Keith Gilmore is the UNC assistant coach that visited Albany (Ga.) Westover School to check out the 6-foot-3, 289-pounder.

Thompson is "going to try to" visit UNC.

"If I don't get up there during the spring or summer, I'm going to try to give them one of my official visits," Thompson said.

Good news for UNC: Thompson doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until after his senior football season.

"I'm looking for a new family, some place I can get a four-year degree, and early playing time," Thompson said.

Bad news for UNC: in-state school Georgia has established a strong lead for Georgia.

"They're the first school to offer me," Thompson said. "They're the first school that came to my school. They're the first school to show me a lot of love. And the atmosphere is just ridiculous."

Thompson does list UNC among the group of schools he's considering. Others on that list include Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and obviously Georgia.

Besides Georgia, Thompson has visited Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee.

In addition to UNC, Thompson is considering trips to Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia in the coming months.

Thompson started for the West during Tuesday's Georgia Rising Seniors Bowl at defensive tackle where he regularly penetrated the pocket and was in on four tackles.

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