Thomas Drops by Chapel Hill

After participating in a seven-on-seven passing tournament held at the University of Virginia on Saturday, Lamaar Thomas and his father decided to continue south and unofficially visit North Carolina.

"It's a real good academic school," said Thomas. "It's a school where I can get a real good education. And what I'm trying to major in, there were a lot of people that came out from that major [from UNC]."

Thomas, a 5-foot-11 170-pound athlete from Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly, arrived in Chapel Hill late Saturday night.

The next day, Thomas met with Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter at UNC.

"We talked about my [desired] major of communications," said Thomas. "He talked about a lot of people that went to North Carolina-Chapel Hill that came out of the communication program."

Thigpen and Thomas also touched on a little recruiting talk.

"He asked me what other visits I'm going to take," said Thomas. "He asked me a bunch of stuff about recruiting."

Thomas then was taken on a tour of UNC.

"The campus was real big," said Thomas. "It was different [from other schools], because other schools had their facilities closer together, but it seemed like this one was more spread out."

When Thomas exited Chapel Hill Sunday evening, he left with plenty of newly acquired knowledge about the school.

"I never really knew anything about North Carolina-Chapel Hill," said Thomas. "Just about everything that was shown to me was something I learned that I really didn't know about it."

Thomas, who has also visited Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio State, now has his sights set on trips to Florida and Tennessee. He will visit Florida on July 20th, but hasn't scheduled anything with Tennessee, yet.

Thomas claims the aforementioned schools – Florida, Illinois, Maryland, UNC, Ohio State, and Tennessee – as his final six schools.

After making his final two trips, Thomas will narrow down his list of favorites further.

"I guess after I finish the two visits I'm going to narrow it down from there to a top three, top four," said Thomas.

Thomas will be focusing on several things during the next elimination round.

"I'm looking for playing time – I want to be able to play early," said Thomas. "I want to be able to learn, so I want to have a good relationship with my coach. I want to major in communication, so if they have that major it would be great. I want to run track in college, as well. I want to know how I'm being used – like they're style of play and how I fit in."

On the collegiate level, Thomas wants his track speed to be utilized in a multi-purpose offensive role.

"I want to be used as more of a mixture of running back and receiver – more of a Percy Harvin or Reggie Bush type player," said Thomas.

UNC hopes to plug Thomas in at such a role – a wide receiver/tailback hybrid.

During his junior year at Friendly, Thomas rushed 42 times for over 800 yards and seven touchdowns, and caught 22 balls for over 350 yards and five touchdowns.

Thomas said he is looking to make a verbal commitment by sometime in September.

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