Shankle will also try out for punt return.
Throughout his high school career, Shankle, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete, has played wide receiver, safety, and cornerback. He has also handled punt and kick return duties.
Shankle says he and Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, speak every other week.
"We're just talking about coming to school and working and where I'm going to play at," Shankle said.
Shankle qualified for the NCHSAA 1A State Championship Track Meet in three events. However, due to injury he was unable to participate in Saturday's event.
"In the regionals, he was winning in the hurdles but fell on the last hurdle," Luke Little, Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly's head football coach said. "He hurt his back and our track coach wasn't going to have [Shankle] run [in the state championship meet] if he didn't want to."
Shankle qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay, and triple-jump. He also was part of South Stanly's 4x200 relay team.
Shankle's best 110-hurdle time is 14.9 seconds and his best triple jump is 43'10".
Following his senior football season, Shankle served as point guard for South Stanly's basketball team. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.4 steals a game, while the Rebel Bulls went 16-7. South Stanly was knocked out of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs in the second round by Winston-Salem (N.C) Prep.
With his sports schedule, Shankle hasn't be able to follow UNC's workout regimen, which was put together by strength and conditioning coach Jeff Connors. He does, however, have weight lifting class every day. Shankle's goal is to arrive on campus at 185 pounds.
Shankle had hoped to wear his high school number, No. 12, into his collegiate career. But junior cornerback Charlie Brown claims that jersey. Shankle's second choice is any single digit number.
"My first numbers were 3 and 4 – [No.] 3 in basketball [and No.] 4 in football," Shankle said.
Shankle, who is already academically qualified, will room with Josh Hunter, a fellow defensive back signee.