WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Dexter Lawrence isn’t the only member of Wake Forest High’s three-man defensive line to receive a North Carolina scholarship offer. After impressing Larry Fedora in person, Xach Gill, a four-star defensive tackle from the 2017 class, was personally offered by the Tar Heels’ head man.
“Xach is probably one of the most coachable young men that I’ve had in 18 years,” Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas said. “He’s a player that’s going to do it exactly how you ask him to do it without complaining [with a] great attitude. I think it extends from the family to the classroom to the field, because he’s an excellent student. He carries himself really well.
“He’s used to play defensive end… but he’s very capable of playing on the inside. And I think he’s going to be big enough to do both. I think with Xach on the next level, it’s going to depend how quick he is.”
Since midway through his freshman season, Gill has started at strong-side defensive end on Wake Forest’s three-man front.
In his abbreviated inaugural season, Gill accumulated 38 tackles, including five for a loss, and deflected two passes. He followed that up with 34 tackles (14 for a loss), two interceptions, four pass breakups, three sacks, and two QB hurries.
A week after attending the Wake Forest-Millbrook game, Larry Fedora contacted Lucas to speak with Gill. During the conversation, Fedora offered.
“He basically said that he liked what he saw at the game that he had been to and he liked what I could do out on the field,” Gill said. “And he said that I could be a good fit at North Carolina.
“It meant a lot, because it’s a school that’s in-state, right around the corner. It was good to see that they noticed me.”
Other schools have also taken notice. In addition to UNC, Gill says he’s been offered by LSU, Miami, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
Like with Lawrence, Gene Chizik has assumed the role of lead recruiter of Gill for UNC. According to Gill, he’s being recruited both as a power end and defensive tackle by Chizik.
“He just tells me just to take everything in, basically,” Gill said.
Gill first visited UNC in June for Fedora’s Freak Show.
“The atmosphere was live – it was real hyped,” Gill said. “The coaches were teaching everybody up, which was good.”
Since he didn’t work out during the Freak Show, Gill made sure to pay close attention to Tray Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach.
“He’s very energetic,” Gill said. “I like that he shows what he wants us to do.”
Gill has yet to leave the state for a recruiting visit (NC State and Wake Forest are the other schools he has visited). He plans to change that in the future.
Location, though, will play a role in Gill’s recruitment. He’s not against playing out of state, but prefers to remain close to home.
Lawrence, of course, is a five-star defensive tackle who is being recruited by schools nationwide. Gill, who doesn’t claim any favorite schools, is unsure how his own decision will be impacted by where Lawrence lands.
Gill’s former teammate, Bryce Love, will be a freshman at Stanford this fall. Gill also has a cousin enrolled at LSU.
2017 Target: Xach Gill
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