In fact, the 6'2", 285-pound lineman has made a reputation for himself as one of the hardest working run-blockers in the state. Plainfield coach Clint Jones says that while Council is probably the team's strongest and best overall offensive lineman, the skills and technique he demonstrates during running plays put him on another level from other offensive line prospects.
"Steve is probably one of the finest run-blockers I've ever been around," said Jones. "This kid run-blocks like no one else I've seen in high school. That's his biggest asset. At the next level, he should be playing at a position where he's going to do a lot of run blocking, down blocking and double teaming, because he likes to get down and dirty, and just dig the other guy out."
Besides Council, Plainfield also boasts two other top-notch offensive linemen in senior guard Robert Crudup and junior tackle Eugene Monroe. With those three, Coach Jones has been able to build one of the stronger offensive units in the state, with balance in both passing and rushing. And even though Council is proficient in blocking for either phase of the Plainfield attack, he makes no bones about the fact that he prefers the running game.
"Pass blocking is easy to me," said Council, "but I like run-blocking better – you get more pancakes."
Council, who models his game after the Dallas Cowboys' Larry Allen, led the team in pancakes last year with 42 and allowed only 1 sack all season. In four games this year, Council has 17 pancake blocks and has not surrendered a sack. He's been clocked at 5.3 seconds in the 40 and his vertical leap has been measured at 27 inches, but according to Coach Jones, his attitude on the field is what sets him apart from other linemen.
"He plays with a real nasty streak," said Jones. "He may not look like he's a nasty kid, but on the field, he just goes into a different mode."
Council's performance in the weight room is another reason to believe he will make an impact at the next level. While he can bench 370 and squat 600 consistently, he has been known to put his weight-room work ethic into another gear at times. Jones says that Steve weighed nearly 330 pounds at one point over a year ago, but thanks to an intense weight-training program designed by trainer Frank Colabella, he was able to get down to his current weight of 285. "It made him quicker, stronger and faster," said Jones.
It was NC State's new weight room and facilities that attracted Council to the school last spring when he took an unofficial visit to the campus. His brother is a UNC graduate, and he has stated that he would like to be near family, either in New Jersey or North Carolina. Steve added that distance from home would not play that much of a factor in his college decision, but the coaching staff could be a factor.
"I think coaching staff is important," he said. "And it depends on what type of school it is, as far as education is concerned. I'm really just looking for a school I feel comfortable in."
Council talked about how he liked NC State's coaches, and he even said he enjoyed watching Philip Rivers and T.A. McLendon in action against Ohio State recently. But while Council has kept the Wolfpack on his list of future destinations, he has yet to receive any solid offer. In fact, most schools are taking a wait-and-see approach to Council's recruitment. Coach Jones says that North Carolina and Rutgers have done the best job recruiting Steve thus far, and both have given verbal offers, but nothing in writing has come through just yet.
"He was the best lineman at [UNC's] lineman camp," said Jones. "Why they haven't offered him in writing, I just don't know. I guess they're looking for the 6-6, 300-pound lineman first, and that's their prerogative. But I can say that he's a heck of a lineman. I'd hate to be on the other side going up against this kid."