Abrams-Ward, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder, is playing weakside outside linebacker. In North Carolina's 50-defense, the outside linebackers will be asked to pass rush, and play man and zone coverages.
"It's a lot more responsibility against the pass [than usual for linebackers]," Abrams-Ward said. "But we played a lot of that at Thomasville, so I'm familiar with it."
Additionally, Abrams-Ward is listed on the punt and kickoff units. And if anything happens to kicker Casey Barth (Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard), Abrams-Ward will handle the punting duties.
Thomasville was unexpectedly eliminated from the NCHSAA 1AA playoffs in the second round. In the couple of weeks since then, Abrams-Ward was able to concentrate on recruiting and finalized his list of favorites.
"I've finally narrowed it down to four schools," Abrams-Ward said. "That is Boston College, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee."
Helping Abrams-Ward with his reduction was in-home visits with Boston College, UNC, and Tennessee last week.
On Wednesday, Kenny Browning and John Shoop stopped by Abrams-Ward's home for UNC.
"[They talked about] wide receiver," Abrams-Ward said. "They can't promise anything, but they'll give me an opportunity to be able to play as a freshman."
Abrams-Ward has also begun to map out his official visit schedule. Thus far he has dates set with UNC on January 11th and Tennessee on January 18th.
"[I'm looking for] the camaraderie of the team, how the players interact with the coaches, how the players' character are," Abrams-Ward said. "… And how they run their offense, because that's what I'm being recruited as."
Abrams-Ward, who isn't claiming a leader, said he will make his college decision after completing the official visits.