UNC on Verge of Landing Fla. OL

Carl Gaskins has been recognized locally as one of Florida's top offensive lineman, yet he has managed to stay under the national radar. The North Carolina staff recently discovered Gaskins and will host him for an official visit this coming weekend.

Before leaving Chapel Hill, the 6-foot-6 280-pound offensive tackle could verbally commit to the Tar Heels, according to his head coach, Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay's Dan Burke.

"I'm pretty sure he's going to commit to North Carolina," said Burke. "He'll probably do it on his visit."

This weekend's trip will be Gaskins' first official trip of his recruitment.

However, North Carolina isn't Gaskins' only scholarship offer.

"He had a few [other offers], but all that stuff doesn't matter [since he's going to commit]," said Burke. "Florida State was on him until the coaching changes and he kind of got lost in the shuffle."

According to Burke, Gaskins is just coming into his own on the gridiron.

"Carl's a great prospect," said Burke. "He's just blossoming into a football player right now."

Although an unknown to most nationally that follow recruiting, Gaskins was named to Florida's 5A All-State First Team and played in the state's exclusive North-South All-Star Game. The Sun-Sentinel ranks Gaskins as the No. 54 overall prospect in the state.

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