2008 Intro: Anthony Council

GOLDSBORO, N.C. --- After earning a verbal scholarship offer during North Carolina's summer camp last year, Anthony Council headed into his junior season last fall with plenty of expectations. However, a knee injury and academic question marks have put his situation in limbo.

During a blowout victory against conference foe Kinston, Council, a 6-foot 200-pounder for Dudley (N.C.) Southern Wayne, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on a routine running play.

"A guy was coming and I was trying to give him a stiff arm. All my body weight was on my left leg and he was trying to pull me down to my right and I was pushing down to my left," said Council. "It felt like my knee just pulled out the socket and it came back."

In just nine games, Council, who plays fullback in Southern Wayne's wing-t offense, rushed for 1,600-plus yards and 22 touchdowns. With a full season as a sophomore, he totaled 2,129 yards and 28 touchdowns on 321 carries.

With his junior season over, things couldn't get any worse in Council's eyes, but they did. A lingering predicament with transportation had reached a problematic level.

"I had been staying in Goldsboro since last year's football season started," said Council. "There was a transportation problem. I wasn't getting to Southern Wayne on the right amount of days. I felt like it would be better for me to go [to Goldsboro] instead of miss all the days out there and not be eligible to play."

While recruiters are still trying to track Council down at his new school, Duke, East Carolina, UNC, N.C. State, Penn State, and Wake Forest are all sending Council plenty of mail.

North Carolina has yet to put his scholarship offer on paper, but they've continued to recruit Council the hardest.

"I haven't really been out [to Chapel Hill] lately, but I have been getting letters from them, stuff from them showing that they're still interested," said Council. "Matter of fact, just [Wednesday] they sent me a letter wanting me to come to their college for their junior day on March 24th."

In addition to accepting their invitation, Council plans to return to the Tar Heels' camp this summer.

Council, who is looking to make a verbal commitment before his senior season starts, is favoring two schools – East Carolina and North Carolina.

"They're kind of close and I feel like I can get a good education at those schools," said Council.

Having coached against him the past two seasons, Maurice Jackson, Goldsboro's head football coach, knows exactly what Council brings to the table.

"He's a patient ‘back," said Jackson. "He takes what the line gives him, but makes his own creases when needed. He's a real explosive runner, quick runner. I think we spent more time chasing him then we did catching him. He definitely lit us up each year."

At the collegiate level, Jackson can see circumstances where Council could fit in many positions, but he feels tailback is his best fit.

"He's the guy that can change the game instantly," said Jackson. "You can use him out of the backfield as a receiver and a runner."

Jackson won't return to Goldsboro as the head coach this fall. Regardless, Council is expected to be the main threat on the Cougars' offense from the tailback position.

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