2008 Intro: Kevin Reddick

NEW BERN, N.C. --- While the class of 2008 is still taking shape, the state's deepest talent appears thus far to be at linebacker. Prospects such as E.J. Abrams-Ward, Austin Johnson, Duane Maddox, and Terrell Manning top most early state rankings.

With scholarship offers and plenty of inquiries, Kevin Reddick, a 6-foot-2 220-pounder from New Bern (N.C.), is making a case to be mentioned among that standout group.

"[He's] very athletic," said Bobby Curlings, New Bern's head football coach. "He's a big kid that runs well and has that instinct you need at linebacker – he has a nose for the football. He reads the play well and he keys on the different things we teach him to key on and he's not wrong very often."

Thus far, Reddick is fielding interest from Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, and Virginia.

Recently, however, UNC has applied the most pressure.

"I talked to Coach [Charlie] Williams, I called him last Friday," said Reddick. "Basically he was telling me that they want to offer me. He was asking me questions about how much I weigh. Basically, he was just telling me to keep my grades up and keep doing what I'm doing and not let up."

A UNC scholarship offer arrived the following Monday joining ECU on Reddick's offers sheet.

Reddick, who camped at UNC last summer, will unofficially visit Chapel Hill on March 24th for the Tar Heels' Junior Day. He has also attended junior days at East Carolina and N.C. State.

Over the summer, Reddick plans to make a return to UNC's camp, while also participating in camps at ECU, N.C. State, and Virginia.

The relationships Reddick has already begun to establish has pushed three schools ahead of the pack.

"Virginia, ECU, and [North] Carolina are the ones I'm favoring, right now," said Reddick. "They've all been looking at me for awhile. [I'm favoring them because of] the relationship I have with those coaching staffs."

Reddick doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until next year.

"[I'm looking at] the academics first, how the school is, how the people are, and basically if I feel comfortable there," said Reddick.

As a sophomore, Reddick started exclusively at fullback, accumulating 315 yards and ten touchdowns.

Heading into his junior season he was moved to middle linebacker to fill the void created by graduation. He responded by leading the area in tackles (102) and tackles for a loss. He also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown and blocked a punt for another touchdown.

Reddick still saw short yardage situations at fullback during his junior season where he was mostly used as a lead blocker, but did score one touchdown.

Outside of Virginia, every interested school is looking at Reddick as an inside linebacker. The Cavaliers' coaching staff, on the other hand, would like to take advantage of Reddick's lead blocking abilities.

Curlings believes Reddick has the frame to easily add 20-30 pounds, not lose any speed, and really excel at linebacker on the collegiate level.

"He, most of the time, reads the offensive play very effectively," said Curlings. "The main thing is he plays sideline-to-sideline very well."

While position isn't much of a concern for Reddick, he said he'd rather play linebacker at the next level.

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