"[I think UNC has a] nice campus, good academics, and they have a good coaching staff – they're all nice guys. I think Butch [Davis] is turning things around up there, as well."
Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound jumbo athlete from Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville, has also been extended scholarship offers by Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
Additionally, six schools – including Akron, James Madison, and Tulane – have offered Thomas a scholarship to play basketball. However, he has decided not to go that route or even the walk-on basketball route, if a team offered the opportunity.
"I thought about it and I really don't want to [play two sports in college], because it's very hard to do," Thomas said.
Kenny Browning is handling Thomas' recruitment, but during UNC's Junior Day Thomas spent much of his time on campus with Steve Hagen, the tight ends coach.
"He wants me to play tight end there and talked about how they'd use me," Thomas said.
Specifically, UNC projects Thomas as a hybrid back.
"I guess when they saw my film they saw how physical I was," Thomas said.
During his sophomore season - his first on varsity - Thomas played wide receiver, where he caught 54 passes for 950 yards and eight touchdowns.
Early into his junior season, Thomas was moved to quarterback in Brookville's spread read-option offense.
"I started playing receiver, but things weren't working out [with our offense]," Thomas said. "So they put me in [quarterback] just to see how things go and they were smooth. So they kept me there the rest of the year."
Thomas, who heads into his senior year as the starting quarterback, earned all-district honors following his junior season. On the year he threw for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed for 600 yards and eight scores.
Only Duke is recruiting Thomas as a quarterback. Most other schools see him as a tight end/H-back on the next level.
In addition to his February UNC visit, Thomas has unofficially visited Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Thomas isn't prepared to name his favorite schools list, but plans to have enough information to do so by early summer.
"[I'm looking for] a good [football] program, great academics, good coaches that I can relate with [and] have fun with," Thomas said.