Signee Update: Kevin Reddick

Since leading New Bern (N.C.) to the 4A State Championship in December, North Carolina signee Kevin Reddick hasn't participated in any sports. Instead, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker has focused on working out and his academics.

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Speed is Reddick's primary focus this offseason; he'll leave his size up to UNC's strength and conditioning staff when he arrives on campus.

"I've been working hard to maintain my speed or get faster and try to contain my weight at the same time," Reddick said. "I'm trying to stay at 215 [pounds] so when I do go to college I can get bigger from there.

"Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] told me not to really worry about the weight; just keep my speed or get faster. I've been running and working out with [my high school] team and trying to stretch more."

So far so good. Every Thursday New Bern's football team runs 40-yard dashes. Reddick has knocked his best time down to 4.48 seconds.

The other day Reddick received an updated workout regimen from UNC – a three-week workout. His resources have limited how much of the routine he can follow (i.e. New Bern doesn't have any dumbbells, required for a few of the assignments), but Reddick follows it to the best of his ability.

Reddick has yet to become academically qualified, but could be set by week's end when he receives the results from his May 3 SAT taking.

"I just need to improve a couple more points from the last time," Reddick said.

So confident that he'll make the grade, Reddick isn't scheduled to take any future tests.

If things fall into place, Reddick will arrive on campus on June 16 and fully expects to make an impact this fall.

"Coach told me I'm going to come in as a true freshman, but I'm going to have to work," said Reddick, who projects as a middle linebacker.

When he does step on the field, Reddick, who wore No. 42 for New Bern, hopes to sports a completely different number on his Carolina Blue jersey.

"I want a lower number this year – like single digits," Reddick said. "I think I'd like to wear No. 7. I've always wanted a lower number to play at linebacker. But the skill players have been able to get the lower numbers, so I really haven't been able wear one."

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