UNC Inquires About Thomas

On the heels of Tommy Bowden's resignation, several interested schools have contacted Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman head football coach Dave Gutshall to learn the status of Brandon Thomas. North Carolina is among those schools.

"[Gutshall] just told me that [UNC] called," Thomas said.

Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 274-pound prospect who projects as an offensive tackle in college, verbally committed to Clemson in early July. However, his commitment is now in limbo with Clemson in the middle of a coaching change.

"Right now, I'm going to wait it out to see what's going to happen," Thomas said. "I'll make my decision close to the end of the season."

Thomas hasn't spoken to any coach, outside those at Clemson, in several months. However, according to Inside Carolina's sources, John Blake, who recruited Thomas for UNC prior to his commitment, has attempted to contact Thomas.

Thomas, who has been a regular at Clemson home games, hasn't given much thought to visiting other schools.

If Thomas does decide to reopen his recruitment, he says he will "definitely" consider UNC and South Carolina, and also hopes to begin to hear from Georgia.

"North Carolina has been my team ever since I was little," Thomas said. "South Carolina is real close to home, just like Clemson. And Georgia, I've just been watching them lately and I like what they're doing."

Additionally, Thomas will add a new stipulation to his recruitment: he now wants a shot to play tight end.

"Who wouldn't like scoring a touchdown?" Thomas said. "I like catching the ball and trying to make a move – I like all of that. I will talk to some coaches about playing the tight end position."

This offseason, Gutshall moved Thomas to tight end from offensive tackle. Although he's mostly used as an extra blocker, Thomas has five catches on the year, including a 58-yard touchdown.

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