Thigpen informed Boatman that UNC is on the verge of extending a scholarship offer.
"He said they're graduating two of their defensive ends and he feels I can come in and play right away," said Boatman, who has collected offers thus far from Cincinnati, Rutgers, and Syracuse.
Boatman, a 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, has played end, tackle, and nose guard along Our Lady Good Counsel's defensive line. But like most schools, UNC sees more at end.
"[Thigpen feels I fit better at end because of] my quickness off the ball and ability to get the edge," Boatman said. "He just feels that position would be best for me."
Before exiting Our Lady Good Counsel, Thigpen and Boatman settled on an official visit date. Boatman isn't positive on the exact date weekend, but says it falls on either the first or second weekend in January.
"It's a good school, they have a good coaching staff, and I have a lot of family in North Carolina in Fayetteville," Boatman said.
Boatman will take his first official visit on December 8th to Syracuse. His final three official slots, though, are up in the air.
"Due to a lot of coaches getting fired and leaving schools, it kind of changed a few things for me," Boatman said. "We'll see how things go."
UNC's late start won't hinder itschances in landing Boatman, as he has yet to establish a leader.
"I'm not really leaning in one direction right now – I'm kind of neutral," Boatman said. "I'm just waiting to feel things out. Once I visit schools and see what they're about, that'll help me narrow things down."
Our Lady Good Counsel, which went 10-2, lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference's championship game to Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, 12-7. Boatman ended the season with 68 tackles including five sacks. He also played tight end, fullback, and slot receiver on offense.