"I'm trying to think hard on it and make a final decision sometime soon. I want to make a decision before my season starts."
Cabrera, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound wide receiver from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside, says he's considering three schools – Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
"Those are the only ones that are in contact with me right now," Cabrera said. "They've always stayed in contact – that made me feel like I'm important to them."
Despite how close he is to a verbal commitment, Cabrera says he isn't leaning in any direction.
"I've liked UNC for a while," Cabrera said. "I like all three, actually."
The only recruiting trip Cabrera made this summer was to UNC for Fedora's Freak Show. Among his co-finalists, he previously visited Duke, but has yet to travel to Virginia Tech.
"I'm going to try [get to Virginia Tech], but I'm not positive I'm going to be able to," Cabrera said. "I don't think I'm making any more visits."
Cabrera says UNC is recruiting him the hardest.
"I talk to [UNC] a lot and I know they want me a lot," Cabrera said. "I've been messaging Duke, but I haven't had any [recent] phone calls with them."
At UNC, Cabrera communicates regularly with assistant coaches Gunter Brewer, the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach, and Dan Disch, his area's recruiter. He most recently spoke to Disch on Wednesday.
"[Disch] was saying that they are filling up and they really want me in [the class]," Cabrera said. "I think they have one receiver spot left. He was trying to make sure that I had time to make my decision, because people are committing really early. He just wants to make sure I make the right decision. He said he was going to let the other coaches know that I've been thinking really hard about it and that I'm almost ready."
Between now and when he makes a decision, Cabrera will spend time discussing the situation with family members.