Rod Council (5-11, 180 lbs. … 4.45 in the 40 at the Shrine Bowl Combine ... 3.8 GPA/960 SAT) is an All-Conference, All-Mecklinburg (County) and 2nd team All-State cornerback from West Charlotte, NC. Last season he had 11 INT's and 52 tackles, along with 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns. He has verbal offers from Duke, Navy, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and written offers from Notre Dame, Virginia, and Syracuse. I wanted to find out if he had an offer from Michigan.
"Coach Ron English came down to my school but I was gone that day. We talked on the phone and he made the offer then. I talked to a couple other coaches but I can't remember their names, I think one of them was Coach Sheridan. I don't have a written offer as far as I know, but I get a lot of letters."
Note: on Thursday afternoon Rod told Tom Beaver, "A written offer has come from Michigan now."
What did the Michigan coaches tell you?
"Coach English said he really loved me at corner and liked my style of play."
Tell me about yourself as a player?
"I'm a quiet leader, I lead by action and I'm real aggressive and physical. I also break on the ball good and the colleges like that."
What are you looking for in a school?
"I want to major in engineering so I'll want to go to a strong school in that field. My coach and I are going to sit down and discuss exactly what type of engineering I want to go into as I don't know yet. I want to know that the coaches are going to stay the whole time I'm there. Where I'm at now there have been some coaching changes and I didn't like that, it was hard."
What camps are you attending this summer?
"I'm done with camps. I went to Virginia, NC-State, UNC, Wake Forrest and Clemson ... and the Nike Camp at Virginia Tech this spring."
Have you set up any visits?
"I don't have any official visits set yet, but I am going to take unofficial visits to Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, and Syracuse. I haven't made my official visit list yet but Michigan will definitely get one. I really don't have any problem leaving the state."
Do you have a list of favorites?
"Michigan, Notre Dame, and Virginia. They've all offered me now. There's no order to the schools. I didn't camp at Notre Dame, but I'll make an official visit there as well."
You return kickoff's in high school, do you want to do the same in college?
"Oh yeah, I love to return kickoffs and definitely want to do that when I play in college."
Have you ever been to Michigan?
"I played some AAU hoops in Detroit a while ago, we had a pretty good time and I liked it there."
When will you make a decision?
"I'm not sure yet. I want to discuss it with my mom and grandmother and see what they have to say. I really don't have any idea when I'll make my decision."
West Charlotte, NC DB Rod Council
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