Shankle has flashed enough ability to earn a starting role on North Carolina's defense for Saturday's Shrine Bowl.
"It's a privilege that everybody doesn't get [and] I'm glad and lucky to have," Shankle said.
At Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly, Shankle mostly played cover-three zone. In the Shrine Bowl on Saturday, he will be asked to play a couple different zones, as well as some man coverage.
"We call a lot of cover-three [and] cover-four, and then we run man [coverage] every now and then," Shankle said.
Shankle will also return punts and is an integral part of North Carolina's field goal block unit.
At least twice in practice, Shankle has blocked a field goal. When he hasn't actually blocked the kick, Shankle is usually very close.
"You're going to see a block [during the Shrine Bowl]," Shankle said. "Get ready. If they kick a field goal, it's mine."
Off the field, Shankle has enjoyed meeting and getting to know some of the best players the state of North Carolina has to offer.
"Everybody is bonding," Shankle said. "Everybody is getting to know everybody – all the players in the state of North Carolina."
Shankle has bonded most with his fellow UNC commitments, which includes eight of the 44 players on North Carolina's roster.
"It's good getting to know everybody knowing we're going to play on the same team next year," Shankle said. "We have a connection, already."