S.C. Safety Zeroing in on UNC Visit

Three Tar Heel coaches have been in recent contact with Laurens (S.C.) District 55 safety Thomas Jones and it's expected to yield a campus visit soon.

Since receiving a North Carolina scholarship offer earlier this spring, Thomas Jones has been working on visiting Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Laurens (S.C.) District 55 is getting closer to settling on a date or two.

“I’ve been talking to my parents and we’re trying to figure out a date in June,” Jones said. “I also want to visit for a couple games during the season, as well.”

The month of June in Chapel Hill, of course, is brimming with camps.

“I was talking to Coach [Gene] Chizik the other day and he said I could come to a camp but just sit around and just watch and then after look around the campus,” Jones said. “But, if I go to a camp, I’m going to want to be active in the camp, as well. I’m too competitive.”

Regardless, Jones has a couple objectives for his UNC visit.

“They’ve sent images of the campus, so I really want to see how it looks in person and what’s the atmosphere around town and what the people are like,” Jones said. “I want to see the scenes of the campus.”

Also during his UNC stay, Jones figures to explore the Tar Heels’ baseball program. The football staff has already promised Jones, a baseball recruit at centerfield, he could meet Mike Fox, UNC’s head baseball coach.

“That would be a big thing for me – playing both sports,” Jones said. “… They said right now I would have the opportunity to play both [at UNC].”

Although Chizik is who he spoke with most recently, Jones corresponds significantly more with Gunter Brewer, who recruits upstate South Carolina for UNC. Jones also often exchanges Twitter direct messages with Charlton Warren, the Tar Heels’ secondary coach.

“They’re just telling me that Carolina is a campus for me,” Jones said. “They’re just saying that they have everything that I want to do, because I’m looking forward to majoring in broadcasting. They’re just telling me that that’s a school for it.”

Although he has yet to visit, Jones, who has collected a dozen scholarship offers, has a favorable opinion of UNC.

“They’re at the top of my list,” Jones said. “They’re very high. It’s a legendary school. When I hear its name, I think of Michael Jordan. I like the colors, as well. When someone talks about North Carolina, they always have something positive to say.”

Clemson, Duke, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest are some of the other programs that have caught Jones’s attention. All, except Clemson, have offered.

Due to his baseball workload, which includes both high school and AAU schedules, Jones has only been able to visit Clemson, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

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