Shrine Bowl Spotlight: Kevin Reddick

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- After unexpectedly dropping two of its first four games, a Kevin Reddick-led New Bern (N.C.) squad went on a 12-game winning streak on its way to claiming the NCHSAA 4AA State Title.

Reddick, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker, hopes to extend his personal winning streak Saturday in the 71st Annual Shrine Bowl.

"I've already ended my senior [football] season," Reddick said. "This is something to have fun with and it's a privilege to be here, but I still want to win."

Following New Bern's 28-17 victory over Charlotte (N.C.) Independence in the title game, Reddick was awarded the Outstanding Offensive Player of the game, despite his reputation as a playmaking defender.

This Saturday, though, Reddick is shooting for acclaim on the defensive side.

"If they have a defensive [award], I'll try to aim for that," Reddick said. "I'm going to try to aim for something, though. Whatever I can get, I want to get."

Reddick is penciled in as one of the starting inside linebackers on North Carolina's "50" defense.

"We're running two inside linebackers," Reddick said. "Basically, me and Austin [Johnson] are in a group and [Duane] Maddox and another guy are in a group. Austin is more of the strongside [inside] backer and I'm more of the weakside."

Reddick has been playing middle linebacker in New Bern's 4-3 scheme since his junior season.

"Basically, in a 4-3 you're sideline-to-sideline," Reddick said. "Now I've got extra help.

"At my school, I'm just usually dropping straight back. Now I have to rob the curl."

Shortly after returning home from the Shrine Bowl, Reddick will begin to take his official visits. He has already scheduled trips with North Carolina (January 11th) and South Carolina, and is in the process of working out dates with East Carolina and Tennessee.

After claiming UNC as his leader for much of the spring and summer, Reddick began to maintain that he was open. However, he has since reverted back.

"Carolina is on top right now," Reddick said. "But I have South Carolina right behind them.

"I know [UNC] well, and they know me well. It's just the relationship and all that."

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