WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Xach Gill continues to mull through his 20-plus scholarship offers with the goal of establishing a finalists list. His plan is to have it finalize before the college football season kicks off.
"I think it's going to be five or six schools," Gill said of his list "I need to figure out where I want to make my official [visits] first. Those are going to be the top five and then, of course, I'm going to have one other school out there."
Gill, a 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman from Wake Forest High, says North Carolina's chances of making his finalists are "strong."
"It's because of the coaches and what they're all about -- building up their players to be the best athletes on and off the field," Gill said.
Every week, Gill hears from a UNC coach. Tray Scott, UNC's defensive line coach, and Charlton Warren, who recruits Wake County for the Tar Heels, are the two who reach out to Gill the most.
"Coach Scott is just telling me to stay focused," Gill said. "He'll give me pointers about my play.
"They told me that I'm the last defensive lineman that they're trying to get. And they see me playing D-tackle."
It's not just coaches who have been recruiting Gill for UNC. Jake Lawler, a fellow D-lineman who has assumed a role as a recruiter since making a commitment last January, has Gill in his cross hairs.
"He's a pretty good negotiator," Gill said with a chuckle. "I like talking to him."
Gill plans to take all of his official visits during the season. That way, it will give him the option to be a midterm enrollee, if that's what he ultimately chooses.
With that said, Gill is targeting an end-of-season verbal commitment.
Some recruits prefer to use their official visits on schools that aren't as easy to travel to. That's not the case with Gill -- he'll take in-state official visits, if necessary.
"These are potential schools I'm considering going to," Gill said. "It doesn't matter where they're located."
Unofficially, Gill has visited Duke, Florida, Georgia, UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.