Signee Profile: Parker Thomas

Parker Thomas, a right handed pitcher at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, signed with North Carolina and is scheduled to join the Tar Heel baseball program later this year.

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Bio: Thomas is a 6-5, 225-pound right handed pitcher. He is ranked among the nation's top 150 players by Perfect Game (No. 140) in the 2009 class. Thomas is also a standout football player as a tight end and defensive end for Mt. Tabor. He received scholarship offers from Duke, Western Carolina and East Carolina in football - in addition to being recruited by North Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

Recruitment: "I have been interested in North Carolina ever since I was little - I have watched all their sports on television and all my family like the Tar Heels. The first interest [from UNC] for baseball came in the summer of my junior year when I was with the Dirtbags [summer traveling team]. We talked a lot and I went up to the school and saw the new facility being put up and I committed shortly after that." Thomas signed with the Tar Heels over baseball offers from Appalachian State, East Carolina and North Carolina State. He listed interest in Virginia, Louisiana State, Clemson and Wake Forest.

Why Carolina?: "The biggest thing was knowing a ton of the players that are over there. I know Levi [Michael] really well and [fellow UNC signee] Chris Munnelly I have known since I was five. The coaches, I like them all and my parents like them and their recent success. I want to win a national championship at North Carolina and I know that our recruiting class can do it if we get them all to campus." Thomas is also friends and football teammates with UNC football signee Hunter Furr.

Scouting Report: Thomas features a mid 90s fastball with a 3/4 arm slot release. He also features a curveball, sharp slider and moving change-up.

Coach Quote: "Parker has been with us the past two years after transferring in from a private school - Forsyth Country Day. He has played a vital role in what we have been able to accomplish the past two years," said Mount Tabor head coach Mike Lovelace. "More than that, he is a tremendous young man with a lot of character and a strong work ethic. North Carolina is getting a great baseball player and a great young man - he brings a lot of leadership to our program. On the mound he is one of those guys that are kind of intimidating, especially at this level being 6-5 and I think he handles himself very well - especially with all the scouts watching him the past couple of weeks. I think that he has not tapped his full potential. As far as a high school player - and I have coached at this level for 13 years - he may have the best work ethic of any pitcher that I have ever seen. I think he is going to be successful anywhere he goes."

Future Plans: "It would really take a big offer [to go pro out of high school]. One thing that is an extra incentive for me is that I am age eligible to be drafted after my sophomore year. So, instead of spending two years in the minor leagues - in rookie ball and the lower minors - my parents and I have talked and Carolina we think would be a lot better than the minor league systems. For the first two years we will see where it goes and then I could come back and be drafted again my junior year. So right now I want to go to college and that is my plan unless something huge happens."

"The first year I can not play football - but I have a passion for the game and I know that I will miss it. You can never shut any doors - but I might try to start back up [in football] my sophomore year."

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