North Carolina will host a late blooming Alabama defensive back for an official visit this weekend. Sound familiar?
A week after UNC hosted D.J. Ford – and subsequently landed his verbal commitment – the Tar Heel staff will welcome Daniel Thomas to campus for an official visit. It will be the 6-foot, 182-pounder’s first visit of any kind to Chapel Hill.
“I just want to see if it’s a comfortable place,” Thomas said. “I know the academics won’t be a problem. I just want a chance to see if it’s the place for me.”
According to Thomas, the details for the official visit were finalized earlier this week during an in-home visit with Gene Chizik. A week prior, Charlton Warren offered Thomas, a Montgomery (Ala.) Lee product, during a phone conversation.
“[The UNC coaches] are looking at me as a safety,” Thomas said. “They said there’s only room for one more defensive back.”
Playing safety for Lee, Thomas collected 87 tackles, seven interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He scored touchdowns on an interception, a blocked field goal, and a pair of punt returns. The performance put him on several schools’ radars.
“My senior film got out after my fourth game,” Thomas said. “And then schools started to pull the trigger [with offers].”
Thomas took his first official trip last weekend when he traveled to South Carolina. He’ll return to the Palmetto State next weekend when he officially visits Clemson.
In addition to Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina, Thomas says he’s considering Maryland. He was originally scheduled to officially visit College Park this coming weekend, but bumped the trip in favor of UNC. He hopes to sneak in a trip to Maryland before Signing Day.
Amid his official visit schedule, Thomas doesn’t claim a leader. He’s eying a Signing Day decision.