Xach Gill has always been a big guy on the football field but now he’s really coming into his own.
Wake Forest’s sophomore phenom plays defensive end and tackle, throwing his 6-5, 270 pounds around like a wrecking ball. Gill plays in a 3-4 now so bigger defensive ends are nothing new in that defense. He hopes to stay at end in college because he enjoys coming off the edge.
Because Gill is only a sophomore there’s a good chance he’s going to continue to get a lot bigger. That’s why trying to guess where he will end up is a difficult task. Gill started playing football in a youth league. After one year he “weighed out,” meaning he was too big for the level he was scheduled to play in. Size didn’t come in handy then but it’s making him an important recruit now.
NC State was the first school to offer and other schools are still waiting to see more from him.
“I’m pretty open right now but I’m always going to remember my first offer. Just because it was the first one.”
Gill watched NC State’s game against the Seminoles in the stands on Saturday. He was at the season opener against Georgia Southern too. Before that he went to a prospect camp over the summer. Since Wake Forest played in the state championship game last year he was able to play on the same field as the Wolfpack and Seminoles one year prior.
The Pack offered Gill after watching him at their camp over the summer.
“They told me that they liked my athleticism and change of direction at defensive end.”
This year Gill doesn’t have a huge sack total but he’s been getting his hands up in the air and has batted down several passes. That’s a particular skill that many defensive ends don’t master until much later in their football days.
Gill knows coaches from all over the country will be watching him in game and camp settings over the next three years. He’s been getting mail from Nebraska. He’s heard from coaches at Florida State, Miami and Wake Forest.
But as he said because of that offer NC State has his attention.
“I enjoyed the Florida State game a lot. The atmosphere was real good. The fans were very into the game. The atmosphere down on the field was real hype. Fans were screaming and yelling. I got to see how the defense warmed up so it was pretty intense. I knew it was going to be a good game but I didn’t expect them to score in the first two plays.”
Ryan Nielsen got some hands on work with Gill at the camp over the summer and Gill said he likes his style and manner of teaching his players. How close the two become in the years ahead could determine whether Gill dons the red and white of State.
There might be some pull to stay close to home.
“The biggest people that are going to help me down the road later on down the line will be my family.”