Target 2004: Rod Council

West Charlotte cornerback Rod Council was as impressive as any of the 200-plus attendees at last Saturday's football combine at Ragsdale High School. He ran the pro agility drill in a miniscule 4.23 seconds, despite nursing two sore hamstrings.

That feat, along with a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and a 31-inch vertical jump, has lifted Council's stock considerably over the past week. Like his teammate and fellow 2004 UNC prospect Antwan Strong, Council will again attempt to raise his recruiting value at this weekend's Nike Camp in Blacksburg, Va.

Council had six interceptions last year and ran two back for touchdowns. He also ran back two kicks. Council was All-Conference as a sophomore and junior.

"Overall his drive to succeed is the best," W. Charlotte head coach Pete Gilchrist said. "When I came here two years ago, he was a tenth grader. When we first held practice – not knowing the kid – I could tell he could absorb so much information and try to be the best player he could be.

"Naturally, he's has God-given ability and talent, but he still doesn't rest on those laurels. He's the type of kid that tries his best to keep getting better. If something is not right, he'll find a way to get it done. He's the same way in the classroom."

The challenge in front of North Carolina assistant coach and Charlotte-area recruiting specialist Gunter Brewer will be swaying Council from his boyhood favorite Ohio State, as well as N.C. State and Maryland – all choices he currently lists ahead of the Tar Heels.

The good news is he will camp at UNC before he makes his decision later in the season. Council has spent some time in Chapel Hill recently and he said he liked what he took in.

"I like the facilities, and it's an especially good place to get a degree," Council said. "I've met the coaching staff and some of the players there. I like the way the program is run. I met my position coach [Jim Fleming], and I liked him a lot. It's not too far from home also."

Council has offers on the table from Duke and Navy, while Maryland and Connecticut have also demonstrated a great deal of interest. Gilchrist said he expects an offer from the Terps to come at anytime.

Rod Council
Pos: CB
Ht: 5-11
Wt: 175
40-Time: 4.5
Bench: 275 pounds

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