Reddick, Council Shine in Opening Combine

SNOW HILL, N.C. --- The combine season in North Carolina kicked off Saturday morning with the Fourth Annual Elite Eight Combine.

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    Unlike most combines, the Elite Eight is more of a competition. Its participants are divided up into eight weight groups and the top three competitors in each group are awarded a trophy.

    North Carolina targets Kevin Reddick and Anthony Council were among the combine's standouts, both placing in their respective weight classes.

    While disappointed at his 40-yard dash time of 4.7-seconds, Reddick still took home first place in the 210-224 weight class. The linebacker from New Bern (N.C.) clocked a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle time – which was timed on an indoor gym surface, benched 185 pounds 23 times, and vertically jumped 31.9 inches.

    "I think I did pretty good," said Reddick. "I did good in the shuttle and the vertical and [bench] reps, but I have to pick my forty up a little bit, though. I just have to come back harder next time. I think I did good in everything else, but the forty. I have to go back and start working on that and get ready for the Shrine Bowl Combine."

    For Reddick, the Elite Eight served as a preparation for the Shrine Bowl Combine held on April 28th at the same location.

    "I just wanted to come out and get a feel for how it was going to be like at the Shrine Bowl or any other combine I go to," said Reddick.

    Reddick already has a UNC offer and will attend UNC's Junior Day on March 24. He noted that the Tar Heels have emerged as his leader, with Virginia and ECU rounding out his early list. Reddick spoke highly of his primary recruiter at North Carolina, Charlie Williams, who is in frequent contact.

    Council, on the other hand, wanted to test out his knee, which he injured during his junior season.

    "I wanted to run, see where I was at, and what more that I needed to do," said Council. "I felt it went pretty well."

    With his first 40-yard dash attempt, Council ran a 4.65-second time. Warmed up and relaxed, he bettered that time by two tenths of a second (4.45) during his second go around.

    Council, who recently transferred to Goldsboro (N.C.) High School where he will play tailback, was awarded second place in the 200-209 weight class despite skipping the 20-yard shuttle for fear of re-injuring his knee. In addition to his 40-yard dash time, Council vertically jumped 33 inches and rep'd 185 pounds 16 times.

    Tony Foster, a rising senior wide receiver from Burlington (N.C.) Williams, used the combine to make a name for himself. Foster, who weighed in at 170 pounds, earned first place in his weight class after running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and a 4.22-second 20-yard shuttle, and vertically jumping 37 inches.

    "The forty and the vertical really helped me [earn first place]," said Foster. "My goal was to be one of the fastest in the forty and I wanted to be the one to jump the highest. I just focused on those two and my shuttle was good enough to put me in first place."

    Although under the radar now, Foster plans to continue to make a name for himself at combines and camps. North Carolina will be among his camp stops.

    Rising junior Donte Moss of Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside walked away with first place in the heaviest weight class – 225 and above. After weighing in at 226 pounds, Moss recorded a 4.56-second 20-yard shuttle, a 4.82-second 40-yard dash, a 32.9-inch vertical jump, and 17 repetitions of 185 pounds.

    Also a star on the basketball court, Moss plays defensive end and wide receiver and is already receiving some college interest.

    Moss' former teammate, Kamar Frost was also on hand. The defensive end from Trenton (N.C.) Jones Senior weighed in at 221 pounds and clocked times of 4.73 and 5.03 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash, respectfully. He also vertically jumped 23.5 inches and benched 185 pounds 12 times.

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