Thorpe, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete from Durham (N.C.) Jordan, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, NC State, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
"For me, it was one of those things where I just had to really go with my gut," Thorpe said. "I know all the schools that offered me were really good academically, which was most important for my family and I. But what separated [UNC] for me was just the feeling I had when I went over there. I had [a feeling] with other schools, but it wasn't as strong [as with UNC] and it wasn't ‘Okay, this is where I see myself – this is it right here.' The more and more I talked to the coaches the more I was like ‘Okay, this is it. I can feel it.'"
During Friday's visit, Thorpe spent time with UNC's coaches and players. He described the stay as a "relaxed day" that included a lot of conversation and some film watching.
"Mostly we just talked about how I was going to go through with [committing] and just how I was feeling," Thorpe said.
UNC coaches have made it clear that they are recruiting Thorpe as a wide receiver and will give him a chance to contribute as a returner. During Friday's visit, they went in-depth about their plans for him.
"Basically, they spelled it out for me," Thorpe said. "Greg Little, he's graduating after this year – he's also from Durham. They want me to help fill his shoes.
"I was told they see me as a Brandon Tate type player. [They want me to] go inside, go outside, catch the short route and turn it into something long, kickoff returns, punt returns, rushing – everything.
"That's what I want to do. That's what I'm looking for. I haven't found an offense that put me in space like that. It should be such an easy transition from high school, because it's stuff I've already been doing. So all it is is just building on it and perfecting it."
Before Friday's visit, Thorpe was considering visiting a couple of other schools. He now doesn't plan on visiting any schools, outside of UNC. He said he will regularly drop by Chapel Hill and figures to camp there this summer.
Thorpe plans to help UNC with its recruiting efforts, including talking to his close friend, fellow Durham native, and UNC target Vad Lee.
Thorpe had 50 catches for 950 yards and five touchdowns at wide receiver his junior season, and he returned five kickoffs for touchdowns. He rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries at running back and also recorded three interceptions at free safety.