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D-Line Play 'Key' for DE Xach Gill

The in-state D-lineman likes how UNC coaches its defensive line.

RALEIGH, N.C. --- If not the top,  Xach Gill was one of the top uncommitted 2017 recruits in attendance for North Carolina's breathtaking 37-36 win over Pitt a couple of Saturdays back.

"It was an amazing outcome," Gill said. "The team fought real hard and it was just a great game. It was a crazy game. They had their ups and downs, but they figured a way to get the win."

While the outcome was impactful, Gill, a 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman from Wake Forest High, was much more consumed by the defensive line play.

"I was watching who rotated in and out," Gill said. "The way Coach [Tray] Scott coaches, he coaches to shed blocks but to reestablish the line. That's key. And I like how he coaches them that way." 

Prior to kickoff, Gill was briefed on what to expect from the D-line during a meeting with Scott, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He talked about 'Trench Mob' and all that they're about," Gill said. "And he told me their game plan for their game against Pitt."

According to Gill, Scott envisions Gill rotating between tackle and end along UNC's defensive line. For Wake Forest High, Gill lines up at D-end in a three-man front, which is essentially a hybrid tackle/end position. Six games into the 2016 season, he has accumulated 23 tackles, including eight for a loss and three sacks, plus a dozen QB hurries. 

In addition to meeting with Scott, Gill's pregame itinerary included a conference with Larry Fedora.

"He just talked to me about the Tar Heel family and how I'd fit in," Gill said.

Gill plans to return to UNC sometime this season, but isn't exactly sure when.

Over 20 schools have offered Gill a scholarship. Originally, he planned to whittle that list down to a finalist list before the college football season began. Five weeks into the season, he has yet to eliminate any school from consideration. However, he says UNC, NC State, Ole Miss, UCLA, and Virginia Tech are among the main players.

Although currently off his timetable, Gill continues to shoot for an end-of-season verbal commitment. That would give him the option to enroll early, if he so chooses.

To help make his decision, Gill, who lacks a leader, will use official visits. No official or unofficial visits have been scheduled.

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