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DL Xach Gill Picks UNC

The in-state defensive lineman becomes the 16th member of UNC's 2017 recruiting class.


WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Xach Gill chose North Carolina over co-finalist Virginia Tech at a ceremony held at Wake Forest High on Monday afternoon.

In addition to the Heels and Hokies, Gill, a 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman, collected scholarship offers from LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

Gill officially visited UNC in November and then took an official trip to Virginia Tech earlier this month.

Two days prior to his announcement, Gill helped Wake Forest High shut out Greensboro (N.C.) Page to complete an undefeated season and claim the school's first football state championship. In the title game, Gill made five tackles, including two for a loss and one sack. He finished his senior season with 79 tackles, 34 TFLs, 16 sacks, and 20 QB hurries.

“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 playing 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.”

Gill joins a commitment list that already includes defensive line prospects Jake Lawler and Jordon Riley. All three are N.C. natives.

UNC assistant coaches Gene Chizik, Tray Scott, and Charlton Warren teamed up to recruit Gill.

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