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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: DL Xach Gill

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January • Four-year starter who posted 84 tackles, 34 for loss and 18 sacks, as a senior • Recorded five tackles, including two for loss and one sack in a 29-0 win over Greensboro Page to claim the NCHSAA 4AA football state championship • Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl but could not play because his team was in the state finals • Named first-team All-State by The Associated Press •  Ranked the No. 7 prospect in North Carolina, No. 15 defensive tackle and No. 287 in the country, according to 247sports.com • Ranked the No. 10 player in North Carolina and the No. 29 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com • Scout.com has Gill ranked the No. 68 DT in the nation and No. 23 overall prospect in the state.


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RECRUITMENT: Although he played coy for much of his recruitment, UNC was a player throughout. Early into his senior season, he narrowed his focus to Ole Miss, UNC, NC State, UCLA, and Virginia Tech. However, he only ended up officially visiting Chapel Hill and Blacksburg. Two days after helping lead Wake Forest (N.C.) High to its first state championship, Gill committed to UNC during a ceremony at his school.

WHY CAROLINA: "I would just say everything that UNC is about -- how they develop the players on and off the field. And it's a family affair; my family felt real comfortable there. My mom is right down the street; she can come see me play my games.”

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-5, 277 pounds, Gill has excellent size and body length. Equally as important, he’s a very good athlete for that size. He played end in a three-man front in high school, but will likely have to move inside -- or perhaps to the opposite side of the ball -- on the collegiate level. He marries the aforementioned length with strong hands to control blockers and defend two gaps.

HS COACH QUOTES: "First of all, they're getting a great person. But, outside of getting a great person, he's a very coachable kid. So, they're going to get a defensive lineman who's going to work hard and do whatever the coach needs him to do. He's going to be a big asset for Carolina. I definitely think he could play the end, but it's going to depend on wherever they want to play him. He could play the inside or outside. They just loved everything about him. They love that he's a class act, first of all; he's academically strong; and also he's a heck of a football player." — Reggie Lucas, Wake Forest HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Another guy that plays basketball - played both sports. He’s 6-5, about 267 right now, but he’s already put on 10 pounds since he’s been here. And he’s only going to get bigger and bigger as we go."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: As his recruitment progressed, Xach Gill’s scholarship offering programs separated themselves into two schools of thought. That division helped Gill winnow down his list of options, which nearly swelled to two dozen. … Read the full subscriber-only report 


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