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DL Xach Gill Sets Decision Date, Names Finalists

The in-state D-lineman officially visited UNC earlier this month.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Xach Gill's formerly perplexing recruitment has become more clear.

"I'm probably going to decide on Dec. 12 where I'm going," Gill said. "I'll have some sort of ceremony here at my high school."

The weekend prior to that date, Gill, a 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman from Wake Forest High, will officially visit Virginia Tech.

"I'm hoping to interact with the coaches more, get a better feel for the campus, [and] learn more about the education," Gill said. 

Besides the trip to Virginia Tech, Gill's official visit docket is empty. He did, though, officially visit North Carolina earlier this month.

"I just liked all the information I got academically, because I hadn't seen a lot of that side," Gill said of his UNC official.

Outside of the two ACC Coastal Division rivals, Gill says he's considering UCLA. But, he has yet to visit the Bruins' campus in any capacity. After returning from Blacksburg, he'll determine if an official trip to UCLA is necessary.

Gill's college choice will dictate when he'll enroll in school. If he selects UNC on Dec. 12, he'll enroll in January. Otherwise, he'll matriculate in the summer.

"All my teams are even right now, I would say definitely," Gill said."It's just because I've been to both places and UCLA, I'm in contact with them a lot. So, they're all equal."

With UNC in particular, Gill says he likes everything about the school.

"I like the atmosphere, it's a college town, [and] everybody is for the football team, which is good," Gill said.

Those characteristics were accentuated throughout Gill's official visit, which took place the weekend of Nov. 5. If nothing else, the experience improved UNC's chances.

"My feelings are still there," Gill said. "They're stronger now, [because] the connections I made with the coaches while I was there. It was a good visit."

Specifically, Gill spent a great deal of time with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, defensive line coach Tray Scott, and primary recruiter Charlton Warren.

"They like me at D-tackle and then I'd play end sometimes, depending on the situation," Gill said. "I like that. I'm comfortable at D-tackle, D-end -- either one, so it's good."

For undefeated Wake Forest, Gill plays defensive end in a three-man front, which is essentially a hybrid end/tackle. In 12 games, he's made 56 tackles, including 24 for a loss and 11 sacks. He also has 16 QB hurries.

Before ending his UNC official visit, Gill met at length with Larry Fedora.

"His pitch to me was they want me there bad and the doors are open," Gill said. "They're all about family [and] building their players to be the best they can be on and off the field. He said they're just waiting on me."

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