RALEIGH, N.C. --- Xach Gill was a part of Wake Forest High's 2014 and 2015 teams that lost in state title games to Charlotte Mallard Creek by a combined 84-35 score. Those experiences made Saturday's 29-0 victory over Greensboro Page in the NCHSAA 4AA Championship that much sweeter.
"It's just a great feeling knowing that we've finally accomplished the goal that we set four years ago," Gill said. "Being born and raised in Wake Forest, this is the ultimate thing. It's something we can bring back to the community. Being a part of history is something I'm going to remember."
In helping shut out Page and complete the undefeated season, Gill, a 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman, collected five tackles, including 2.0 for a loss and a sack.
With his high school career officially behind him, Gill shifts his focus to his impending college decision. During a ceremony on Monday, he'll choose between North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
"I'm looking forward to just sitting down with my family and seeing what they're thinking," Gill said. "Of course, I'm looking for a gut feeling."
With that said, Gill asserts that he has yet to make a decision. Moreover, he's not leaning in any direction.
"I'm just waiting for that gut feeling to come," Gill said.
Gill plans to sit down with his family on Sunday and have a decision before he goes to bed.
"Both programs, I love how they develop their players on and off the field to be great," Gill said. "Both defenses are strong defenses behind strong defensive coordinators, Coach [Gene] Chizik and Coach [Bud] Foster. There are not many differences. They're basically [focused on] attention to detail and knowing your assignments."
Gill officially visited UNC in November for its win over Georgia Tech and then took an official trip to Virginia Tech earlier this month.
"I was looking at the stuff outside of football [on my official visits] and the education," Gill said. "Of course education is important."
This past week, Gill received final pitches from Chizik, Larry Fedora, and defensive line coach Tray Scott of UNC.
"They just told me that they want me to be a part of the family, basically," Gill said.
Gill received similar messages from Virginia Tech's coaches. From that corner, he heard from Foster, Justin Fuente, defensive line coach Charley Wiles.