Thorpe Receives Official UNC Offer

Expecting a scholarship offer didn't take away any of T.J. Thorpe's excitement when he recently received the official scholarship letter from North Carolina.

"I was just speechless," said Thorpe, a junior at Durham (N.C.) Jordan. "It was just joyful to see everything that I've been working for over the summers ever since I started playing football just start to fall into place now. And, to me, it was a great honor that a school like North Carolina thought that I was ‘North Carolina football material.'"

Thorpe, a 5-foot-11, 166-pound athlete, has also received official scholarship letters from Duke and East Carolina.

Offering early will provide the trio of schools with a slight lead.

"I wouldn't say that I have specific top favorites, but I would say that because they have offered I'm going to have to look more into those three schools," Thorpe said.

Thorpe, who has already begun to research colleges, figures to have a decision at least by the end of next summer. However, he could make a verbal commitment as early as January.

"I want to be able to enjoy my last year [of high school and already know where I'm going [to college] next year," Thorpe said.

Over the weekend, Thorpe attended the NC State-Murray State game in Raleigh. He plans to attend the UNC-East Carolina game this coming Saturday in Chapel Hill.

"I want to go to as many games as I can," Thorpe said. "I'll mostly plan things out week-to-week."

Thorpe is being recruited as a wide receiver, but most schools are conscious of his ability as a returner. Just four games into this season, Thorpe has tied the state single season record for kick returns for touchdown. After returning a kickoff for a score earlier in the year, he returned two last Friday against Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley. As a junior, Thorpe returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns.

On offense, Thorpe has accumulated 315 yards and two touchdowns on receptions this season. He also starts at free safety for Jordan.

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