Gaskins Commits to UNC

As his head coach predicted in an Inside Carolina interview last week, Carl Gaskins committed to the Tar Heels during his official visit this weekend.

"I told them I was going to be signing with their school [on National Signing Day]," said Gaskins.

Gaskins, a 6-foot-6 280-pound lineman from Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay, admitted that this past weekend's trip to Chapel Hill did indeed seal the deal.

"The campus was so nice I couldn't not commit," said Gaskins. "The players were cool, the coaches were cool – it's just a great school."

Redshirt freshman tight end Ed Barham hosted Gaskin during his UNC official visit.

"We toured the campus, we went out with some of the players," said Gaskins. "We hung out at the bowling alley and [Barham] was just showing me some stores. It was real fun."

Less than a week ago, becoming a Tar Heel wasn't in Gaskins' future.

"North Carolina offered last Thursday," said Gaskins. "I was going to go to Illinois. When Coach [Sam] Pittman came to my house I liked him so much that I decided to change. When I went up there, all the coaches were pretty much the same [as Pittman]."

Gaskins was named to Florida's 5A All-State First Team and played in the state's North-South All-Star Game. The Sun-Sentinel ranks Gaskins as the No. 54 overall prospect in the state.

Despite his high school accomplishments, Gaskins has flown under the radar from the recruiting media prospective.

"Maybe because I didn't go to hardly any camps," said Gaskins. "I don't know."

At one point or another, Gaskins has held scholarship offers from Central Florida, Florida State, Illinois, and Miami.

According to Gaskins, he currently has a 2.5 grade-point-average, and is awaiting the score of the SAT he took a few weeks back to find out if he has qualified yet or not.

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