Thomas Learns More About UNC

Mason Thomas returned to Chapel Hill last Saturday to watch one of North Carolina's spring practice sessions.

"I wanted to go see how their practice was run," Thomas said. "They gave us a tour while we were down there. Everything looked very nice."

Thomas, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville, camped at UNC last summer with fellow Tidewater recruit Demetrious Nicholson, and the duo were joined by host of other area prospects for Saturday's visit.

"I learned how they ran their practice," Thomas said. "I actually liked it a lot. They ran it like how I would figure an NFL practice would be ran. Everything was on the schedule. They all knew what stations they were going to. Everything was fast paced, up-tempo. Everyone seemed excited."

During the practice, Thomas followed the wide receivers.

"I learned a couple of drills and techniques," Thomas said.

More schools are recruiting Thomas to play safety rather than wide receiver. Although he worked out as a wide receiver at its camp, UNC is within the group that likes Thomas as a safety.

"I've always liked to hit people, but I like the glamour of being a receiver," Thomas said. "I'd love to play safety in college – you get to run up and hit people, [and you're] always moving."

Thomas has started at both positions for Kempsville since his sophomore season. He recorded 18 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and 50 tackles and an interception last season.

Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel, courted Thomas and company around practice. Berry also discussed the status of a possible offer with Thomas.

"He told me they want to see me at safety at camp this summer," Thomas said. "That's what I'm going to do… A lot of my highlight tape is receiver stuff – I have a few safety clips."

In addition to UNC, Thomas plans to camp at Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Last summer, besides UNC, he camped at Duke and East Carolina.

During lunch, Butch Davis spoke to Thomas and the other Tidewater recruits.

"He was just saying he was glad we made it and was talking about North Carolina," Thomas said.

Thomas' next recruiting trip is Duke for its spring game.

Although he's still awaiting his first scholarship offer, Thomas is currently favoring two schools.

"Of course UNC sticks out and also Duke," Thomas said. "I like that they're close to home… And about Duke, it's a great school and [I like] the credibility that comes from graduating from Duke."

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