Thompson Considering UNC Visit

SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- North Carolina is making a late push for All-American defensive end Carlos Thompson.

"I got a chance to meet Coach [Art] Kaufman," Thompson said. "I haven't got a chance to meet the other coaches or the head coach in-person.

"There's a possible chance that I might be going to visit them on the 13th [of January]."

Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder from Hollandale (Miss.) Simmons, will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday. During the three weeks following the game, he plans to take official visits to Baylor, Mississippi, and Mississippi State, in addition to UNC.

Shortly after taking his final official visit, Thompson believes he'll be ready to make a verbal commitment.

Heading into his official visit schedule, Thompson denies having a leader.

"It's all confusing right now," Thompson said. "It's the hardest decision I've had to make."

However, Thompson admits that in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State do have a slight edge.

"Both schools have really good coaching staffs and I've [visited] both a lot," Thompson said.

Thompson says he didn't begin hearing from UNC until September.

"I got some mail from [UNC] and then after that [Kaufman] called me and said he had interest in me," Thompson said. "He asked if he came down would he be wasting his time. I said ‘No sir.'"

During his in-home visit with Thompson, Kaufman explained the lack of depth at UNC's defensive line.

"He says he sees me fitting in as a pass rusher, because that's what I do," Thompson said.

"I like North Carolina's defense – they have a pretty good defense."

Thompson's pass rush abilities will be utilized in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is the weak-side end on the East's "Gold Team" (second string). Although he's backing up Ego Ferguson, Thompson expects to see a lot of playing time Saturday.

"The ‘Black Group' is the heavy guys and the ‘Gold Group' is more like the speed guys," Thompson said.

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