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Heritage linebacker announces top schools, N.C. State on the list

Heritage’s Drake Thomas carries the ball during a playoff game last season. Thomas will be joining his brother Thayer at N.C. State.
Heritage’s Drake Thomas carries the ball during a playoff game last season. Thomas will be joining his brother Thayer at N.C. State. News & Observer file

Heritage High School’s Drake Thomas, one of the best linebacker prospects in the nation, announced his top eight schools Monday evening on Twitter.

Thomas, a class of 2019, three-star recruit from Heritage, listed N.C. State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Charlotte and Tennessee as he top choices. His older brother, Thayer, is a redshirt freshman wide receiver at N.C. State.

The 6-1, 225 pound junior is the No. 22 player in North Carolina and the No 19 ranked inside linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports.

Thomas has been a starter on the Huskies’ varsity since his freshman year. He had 112 tackles last season for Heritage and has racked up 270 stops in three seasons. As a part-time running back, Thomas rushed for 287 yards and three scores as a junior, leading the Huskies to a 12-2 record and the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

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