"My top eight schools are North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Florida, LSU, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and South Carolina – not any particular order," said Emanuel McGirt.
According to the 6-foot-5, 270-pound McGirt, the decision to trim his list was not difficult.
"It feels really good to have things narrowed down," he said. "It wasn't that hard because I know these are the eight schools I really like.
"I'm making my decision next month. So, now, I can focus on these eight schools and narrow it down from there."
He explained what he likes about each school.
North Carolina: "I like (offensive line) coach (Chris) Kapilovic and (running backs) coach (Larry) Porter a lot. They see me being a dominant offensive tackle and they said they really need me."
NC State: "I like (offensive line) coach (Mike) Uremovich and (running backs) coach (Desmond) Kitchings. And coach (Dave) Doeren is the head coach I talk to the most."
Duke: "I like (offensive line) coach (John) Latina and (assistant) coach (Marcus) Johnson. It's also a great academic institution."
Florida: "I like coach (offensive line) coach (Mike) Summers, and I talk to coach (Will) Muschamp a lot. I like the program and feel like they'll have a better year this year."
LSU: "I was definitely excited about that offer. I've had a chance to talk to coach (Les) Miles and (offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grimes and I like both of them. And they need offensive tackles in this class."
Virginia Tech: "I like (defensive line) coach (Charley) Wiles and (offensive line) coach (Stacy) Searels. Coach Searels has coached at a lot of big schools, so he knows what he's doing. He has also told me I could come in and play early."
Vanderbilt: "It's a great academic institution and it's also in the SEC."
South Carolina: "I like (offensive line) coach (Shawn) Elliot – he's a great coach. It's also a great program. They're in the SEC and they finished No. 4 in the nation last year."
Over the past few months, North Carolina and NC State have been the favorites for McGirt. Is that still the case?
"I'd probably say they're still at the top," he said. "They've both recruited me for a really long time and I really like the coaching staffs."
McGirt will make his decision late next month. However, he mentioned possibly visiting Duke, LSU, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina before he commits.
Certain things will help him make his decision.
"The main factors are going the academics, the football program and the coaching staff," McGirt said.