The workouts have also assisted Gaskins, a 6-foot-6 285-pound lineman from Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay, in his quest for gold medals in this year's FHSAA Track and Field Finals.
"It helped with the shot put, a lot," said Gaskins. "I'm going to states this weekend for shot put."
In the regional track meet, Gaskins threw 49-11.50. Gaskins, who also throws the discus for Palm Bay, earlier this season tossed the shot 51-4 in a relay meet.
Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, regularly keeps in touch with Gaskins. The two most recently spoke on Thursday night.
"He was telling me that he can't wait until I come down there," said Gaskins. "He just wanted to know what I'm doing."
Gaskins was also informed that the staff projects him as a left tackle.
Regardless, Gaskins believes there's a good chance he'll be redshirted this season.
"I'm not against [red shirting]," said Gaskins. "A redshirt year is a year to get better. So that's good, actually."
Gaskins said his current grade point-average and SAT score have him right around the line of academic qualifying on the NCAA's sliding scale. However, he's retaking the SAT this Saturday and is optimistic about the two core classes he's currently taking this semester.
Gaskins plans to depart for Chapel Hill on June 24th and enroll in the second summer session.