Shembo, a 6-foot-1, 222-pound linebacker from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell, selected those four schools from a scholarship pile of 13.
"They're all good schools," Shembo said of his four finalists. "I've visited all of them. They all have good coaches. They're all trying to improve their program and trying to better their team, that's why I'm looking at them."
Originally, Shembo had planned to work through the process by taking all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment late in the fall.
"I'm trying to get this thing over with," Shembo said. "Anything could happen – I could get hurt and lose my scholarships. I'm trying to play it safe and it will allow me to just focus on the season."
Shembo has one more visit remaining before he makes his final decision – Virginia Tech. However, no plans have been established for the trip to Blacksburg.
Shembo hasn't visited UNC since the Tar Heels' Spring Game in March.
"I didn't go to camp, because I was trying to visit schools outside of state, because I live in North Carolina so [UNC] is not that far of a drive," Shembo said. "So summer was a good time to go far. But I've visited [UNC] four or five times."
Outside of letters, Shembo says he hasn't communicated much lately with Everett Withers, his primary UNC recruiter. But he admits his communication with every school has been limited the last couple of months.