"I'm taking [the official visit] in January," said Carmichael. "I don't know the specific date, but I'm going sometime in January."
Carmichael, a 6-foot-1 235-pound linebacker from Woodstock (Ga.), says he speaks to Coach Thigpen at least once a week.
"They have a lot of commits, but [Coach Thigpen] said he's going to hold a spot open for me," said Carmichael.
Although UNC is still the lone Division I-A school to extend a scholarship offer, Carmichael has decided to open up his recruitment in hopes of additional offers, so the Tar Heels no longer claim the leader position.
"My plan is to wait a while before making my decision, because right now I don't have any favorites or anything," said Carmichael. "Right now, I'm just kind of looking around. I'm just really open right now.
"I like North Carolina; it's definitely a good school. I'm just waiting for other schools [to offer]. If no schools come in, then North Carolina it is."
During Carmichael's senior football season he led Woodstock to their first playoff berth in the school's history. Carmichael completed the season with 136 tackles (110 solo) including 13 for a loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and four forced fumbles. He also added seven touchdowns from his fullback position.