A decision is coming next week. But last weekend, Wake Forest (NC) three-star defensive tackle Xach Gill got one last look at one of his top two.
Gill has been down to North Carolina and Virginia Tech as his finalists for a few weeks now. This past weekend, he took an official visit to the latter. Gill was also in Blacksburg in September for the Hokies’ win over Boston College.
“It was very informal,” he said. “I just saw more academic stuff and just communicated with the coaches, talked to the players. Just the normal stuff, watching plays with the coaches. Then, the academic standpoint.”
Gill had gotten to know a few players before. But this trip gave him a chance to really verify what he’d heard before.
“I talked to the players and some of the recruits,” Gill said. “I talked to all the guys on the team. They were great guys. I talked to Tim Settle, Divine Deablo, just some of the guys that I would relate to. They just told me everything the coaches told me. Of course, the coaches will be tougher in practice, but nothing out of the ordinary.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been Gill’s primary recruiter. And while Gill spent more time with Wiles on his visit, his family also did.
“We just talked about how my life would be like coming to Virginia Tech,” Gill said. “He was talking to my family a lot, so they got a feel for him. Our relationship has grown over the course he’s recruited me. It’s a good relationship.”
Gill said Wiles also gave him a more in-depth look at how he would fit in on defense.
“They say they just like the way I play with my hands, I come off the line at the point of attack,” Gill said. “They see me playing at defensive tackle in the four-front and in a three, they’d move me out a little bit. Of course, I’d have to gain more weight because it’s a whole ‘nother level, get more muscle mass.”
Overall, Gill said he feels like he has a good feel for the Hokies, on and off the field.
“It’s a top notch school,” he said. “The program is a reflection of that. The way they build their players, the coaches and their style.”
Gill’s other finalist, North Carolina, is also at the forefront. Gill officially visited there last month, for the Tar Heels’ win over Georgia Tech.
“Also another top notch program,” he said. “I would just say overall, the way they coach the players is great. On and off the field, it just speaks for itself.”
Assistant coaches Charlton Warren and Tray Scott have been Gill’s primary contacts. And through his recruitment, Gill said he’s come to know both very well and that he’s developed strong relationships with both.
“They’ve been recruiting me for a long time,” Gill said. “Our relationship has grown. They’re great men and they know how to develop their players to be the best they can be.”
Gill is now set to announce his decision on Monday. And he’ll be examining a few areas between his two finalists in getting to that point.
“I want a place I can get the best education and that would be the best fit for me and my family,” Gill said. “I wanna major in communications and broadcasting.”