Shankle, though, says NC State is a close second, while Alabama, Clemson, and Florida round out his final five. However, it appears it's really a two-horse race: UNC and NC State.
The timing is key for UNC as Shankle, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete from Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly, is close to making a verbal commitment.
"I've always said I'm going to try to commit in the middle of the season [and] before the end [of the season]," Shankle said. "It's probably going to be two weeks, three weeks from now."
Shankle has made several unofficial visits to Chapel Hill, including the home opener against McNeese State. He will make yet another visit Saturday to watch UNC's ACC opener against Virginia Tech.
With Shankle now leaning towards UNC, nearing a verbal commitment, and visiting Chapel Hill this coming Saturday, one might conclude that he could pledge to UNC before ending his visit this weekend.
"It's a possibility, but not really," Shankle said.
Shankle says that he and his UNC primary recruiter, Tommy Thigpen, speak often.
"[We discuss] what's going on, the opportunity – that's about it," Shankle said.
UNC is recruiting Shankle as a cornerback, but he has been informed that he could see time at receiver and as a returner.
For South Stanly, Shankle starts at both wide receiver and safety where thus far this season he has one interception on defense and four touchdowns on nine catches on offense.