Thomas, a 6-foot-4 310-pound guard from Summerville (S.C.), decided to attend the Tar Heels' July individual camp in an attempt to earn a UNC scholarship offer.
"I went down a couple hours before the camp started to talk to my recruiter and the offensive line coach, and give them a chance to meet my parents, because they haven't met them yet," said Thomas. "It was a great program, I learned a lot. He showed me some technique and stuff I have to work on, because my pass protection wasn't always that great."
Although an offer wasn't extended, things look promising if Thomas can put together a solid senior season.
"They haven't mentioned [an offer]," said Thomas. "[Coach Mark Weber] said I might find myself a home there, as long as I have an outstanding season and I use my pass pro' he's been showing me."
"I wasn't able to make the spring game, so I just went up there [in the spring] to talk to the offensive line coach," said Thomas. "That was the first time I met him. He talked to me for a good hour and we just went over plays."
Thomas also camped at Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, and Georgia over the summer.
While he has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, Thomas revealed that North Carolina's recruiting efforts have caused him to lean in that direction.
"Georgia and Tennessee are good football programs and stuff, but I guess I'm most interested in North Carolina," said Thomas. "Their coaches are really great and I think they're the most interested in me."
Thomas's junior season started off on a sour note with a high ankle sprain, but he regrouped and earned all-region honors. His senior season opens up against Moncks Corner (S.C.) Berkeley on August 25th.