Thourogood Plans Return to UNC

North Carolina left a huge impression on LaFonte Thourogood during his fall visit to the campus for a football game last season.

"It was amazing to me," Thourogood said. "Still to this day it was one of the best campuses I've seen. Where everything was, how the fans were, how the coaches were – it was a great atmosphere."

Besides UNC, Thourogood, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, has visited Duke, Maryland, Tennessee four times, and Virginia Tech three times. Most of those trips were for games last football season.

Thourogood decided to visit UNC after receiving a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels.

Nine schools have offered Thourogood, including East Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

Most schools are recruiting Thourogood as an athlete and project him as a quarterback, including UNC.

"At first, the schools that offered me during my sophomore year, they offered me as an athlete," Thourogood said. "But they saw the tape of my junior year and a lot of them switched up and said I could be a college quarterback.

"The ones that haven't seen my [junior] highlight tape, they said I am built and have the speed to be able to play any position I choose."

Thourogood said he prefers to play quarterback.

Ocean Lakes employs an offense that includes spread and pro style concepts. As a junior in that offense, Thourogood passed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 900 yards and ten touchdowns.

"To me I really improved in my technique and learned how to read defenses," Thourogood said. "Once you get that down, everything else comes easy. I wasn't used to playing quarterback – this is going to be my fourth year playing quarterback and most quarterbacks have been playing [the position] all their lives."

Thourogood plans to return to UNC in the coming months, most likely for the Tar Heels' Spring Game. He recently attended Virginia Tech's Junior Day and will attend Virginia's Junior Day this weekend.

Thourogood doesn't have any favorite schools.

"I'm trying to get a feel for every college," Thourogood said. "Every college [that has offered] so far, is pretty good. I don't want to put Xs on any [schools], right now.

"Probably by the summer time I'll know which [schools] are in my top, which ones are not."

Thourogood doesn't have a timetable for a verbal commitment.

"[I'll commit] as soon as I know one of the colleges is just for me," Thourogood said. "I won't want to be a person that commits to a college and de-commits. I want my first one to be my final one."

When looking at schools, Thourogood will focus on the graduation rate, the likelihood of playing quarterback, coaching staff, and academic reputation.

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