UNC Offers Ga. DE

After conducting a late fall evaluation, North Carolina decided to extend Chase Thomas a scholarship offer.

"Coach [Tommy] Thigpen came to my school, talked a little bit to my coach and watched some film," Thomas said. "He talked it over with the [UNC] coaches and decided that I'm one of the players they're looking for.

"They faxed me the [scholarship offer] letter and then they sent the official one later in the mail."

Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound defensive end from Marietta (Ga.) Walton, adds UNC to a pile of offers that also includes Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, South Carolina, and Stanford.

"North Carolina is definitely something to consider," Thomas said. "They're the number one public school in the nation. Coach [Butch] Davis is one of the best coaches out there and is rebuilding the program. I just have to get up there as soon as possible and check out the campus."

Thomas hasn't set any plans for a visit, but figures to use an official trip to get to UNC sometime in either December or January.

Tommy Thigpen, Thomas' primary recruiter, consistently discusses a campus visit with Thomas during their weekly phone conversations.

"[He talks about] just the program, and how he can't wait to get me up on the campus and show me around," Thomas said. "He wants me to get up for a game. But I probably won't be able to make it up for a game, so I'll probably have to make it for after the season."

Thigpen has also informed Thomas of the situation surrounding defensive end, the position UNC is recruiting him for.

"He said their best defensive end is leaving this year so they need a guy to fill in for him," Thomas said. "I'm not sure how early I'd [start], but they definitely want me to get some experience early."

Lacking a campus visit has UNC on the outside looking into Thomas' favorites. He claims Auburn and Stanford as co-leaders.

"Auburn, I really enjoy the coaching staff, it's SEC football, it's really close to home, and I know a player on the team [Bailey Woods]," Thomas said. "And Stanford is one of the most prestigious schools out there, they're a rebuilding team – I wouldn't mind being a part of that, and they have a young energetic coaching staff which I really enjoyed during my visit."

In late September, Thomas officially visited Stanford. He has an official visit scheduled with Auburn on November 24th (versus Alabama). In addition to UNC, Thomas will take official trips to LSU and Tennessee after the season.

Ideally, Thomas would like to make a verbal commitment before the end of December. However, he acknowledges that might not allow him enough time for visits.

Thomas' current focus is his senior season. Walton, which is 9-1, is the No. 1 seed in GHSA 5A playoffs and hosts Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview.

On the year, Thomas has collected 14 sacks and just under 60 tackles. As a tight end, he has caught ten passes including one for a score.

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