Visit Solidifies UNC's Lead for Reddick

Kevin Reddick traveled to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon for the Tar Heels' Junior Day.

While Reddick camped at UNC last summer, this was his first campus visit since Butch Davis took office.

Although his late arrival prevented him from participating in the campus tour, Reddick attended the entire spring practice session. "They looked good out there," said Reddick. "It was real hyped, like it was a game. That's good right there. It was just so hyped. Everybody out there was flying around."

Reddick, a 6-foot-2 215-pound linebacker from New Bern (N.C.), concentrated heavily on the linebackers and Tommy Thigpen, the unit's coach.

"I knew [Thigpen] from the camp last year, so I went and talked with him for awhile," said Reddick. "Basically, he talked to the group of us and he talked to me for a little while by myself.

"Basically, [he] asked me how I've been and what's been happening. He was just asking me where I want to end up at after college and stuff like that."

Before the junior day ended, Reddick spoke extensively with UNC head coach Butch Davis.

"Basically we just talked about me and about how his job is getting me to graduate and it's not all about football," said Reddick. "He asked me what I wanted to major in and he was telling me about a friend of his [who is in that field]."

Reddick, who wants to major in physical therapy, said there was no pressure to make a verbal commitment, despite his strong feelings for UNC heading into the visit.

"They were just talking to me and making sure I liked it, because they were saying they like me," said Reddick. "They just wanted to know if I liked them and all that; I was like ‘Yeah.'"

Reddick more than just "likes" North Carolina. The Tar Heels are firmly entrenched as Reddick's leader and Saturday's visit did nothing but firm up those feelings.

"This is where I think I want to go," said Reddick. "I'm not going to rush it, but it's somewhere I want to go. They are my leader."

The relationship Reddick continues to build with UNC's coaching staff is the main reason the Tar Heels are his leader, he said.

With the exception of the Shrine Bowl Combine on April 28th, Reddick's travel schedule is clear until the summer time.

Two weekends back, Reddick had a solid performance at the Elite 8 Combine, which serves as a preparation event for the Shrine Bowl Combines. On his way to taking home first place in the 210-224 weight class, Reddick recorded a 4.7-second 40-yard, a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle, a 31.9-inch vertical jump, and 23 bench repetitions of 185 pounds.

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