Despite the rumors of wavering, Thomas stuck to his commitment returning "the love" the North Carolina staff showed the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder since they started recruiting him back when he was a sophomore.
"It was the love they showed me," remarked Thomas. "They showed me love like they were my own parents. That's basically what got me right there."
In Thomas, North Carolina gets a solid, versatile player, who they figure to use as a three-technique defensive tackle.
"They are getting a kid with just unlimited potential," explained Thomas head coach Bryan Lee. "Size wise, he's exactly what you look for in a defensive lineman and you combine that with some athleticism. He plays basketball, he can dunk the ball. He's quick, he also played fullback for us rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"So they are getting a kid with some versatility. He hasn't missed a practice in a couple years, so they are getting a kid they can count on."
Although there were some questions about his qualifying status, Thomas will be qualified according to his coach and hopes to enroll in one of the summer semesters.