Ohio DE Sets Official

North Carolina has become interested and scheduled an official visit with yet another Cleveland native – Eric Thomas.

"They're talking about offering me [and] I'm going down there on the 19th [of January for an official visit]," said Thomas.

Thomas, a 6-foot-4 250-pound defensive lineman from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, started receiving interest from the Tar Heels shortly after the hiring of Butch Davis.

"Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen], he came up to my school," said Thomas. "He saw my film and went over it. I got introduced to him and we started talking about the position I would be interested in playing. He said he liked my film and we got talking about setting up [an official] visit. We set-up my visit for the 19th and we'll go from there."

Since the initial contact, Thomas receives regular text messages from UNC's coaching staff and expects to have an in-home visit scheduled soon.

"He wants me to play D-end – that was the position that I have expressed to him and that's what he had in mind from the get go," said Thomas. "A lot of my tape he was watching was at D-tackle, but he projects me at D-end. That's what they need, really, is a D-end."

During his senior season at Glenville, Thomas spent equal time at defensive end and defensive tackle, helping the Tarblooders to a 10-2 record.

Although he still has plenty of questions yet to be answered, Thomas likes what he's hearing so far regarding North Carolina.

"It's overall new to me, so to tell you the truth, I haven't really been studying up on [UNC]," said Thomas. "But from what I've heard and the little stuff he's telling me, I have a lot of interest. When I go on this visit, I'll see if I like it even more, but I still have three visits left."

Thomas' trip to Chapel Hill will be sandwiched in-between official visits with Indiana [January 12th] and Connecticut [January 26th].

Before the holiday break, Thomas took his first official visit to West Virginia.

"I enjoyed it," said Thomas of his trip to Morgantown. "The training program, I enjoyed that. I got the chance to watch them practice for the bowl game. I liked that I got to see a whole practice and see some of the schemes they run, the plays, and what not."

With three important visits to take and lots of investigating to do, Thomas isn't ready to crown a leader.

"I'm not really leaning in any direction – not yet," said Thomas. "[My decision] will probably be after I take my visits. I'm going to compare everything. Schools are still coming in late, so I'll see who else comes in."

Thomas isn't sure if he would use his fifth and final allotted official visit and doesn't have candidates yet for the slot.

With the exception of UNC, Thomas holds scholarship offers from each of the aforementioned schools. However, he said he "should be getting [a UNC offer] soon in writing."

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