Reddick to Take the Field

Kevin Reddick will be on North Carolina's practice field Monday, according to his father, while the freshman awaits word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"He has not been cleared by the [NCAA] Clearinghouse," Kevin Reddick, Sr. told Inside Carolina on Sunday. "That's the only thing he's waiting on."

Reddick, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker from New Bern (N.C.), is currently in Chapel Hill and enrolled in classes, but hasn't yet practiced with the team. UNC began preseason practice this past Friday, and held practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

The NCAA allows incoming freshmen a 14-day grace period to become cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The 14-day window begins the day the player steps on the practice field.

"They didn't want him to start too early and then they lose that 14 [days], because if he's not cleared within 14 days they'll ask him to leave school," Reddick, Sr. said.

Reddick's academics are in order, including his grade point average and ACT score matching up on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale, according to his father. He's now awaiting the NCAA Clearinghouse's approval.

"Everything is in," Reddick said. "It's just all the stuff has to be submitted and just waiting on Clearinghouse – that's all."

Reddick was academically cleared by UNC earlier this year and attended UNC's second summer semester.

"Kevin Reddick, Jr. will be suiting up for North Carolina this fall," Reddick, Sr. said.

Reddick is one of the top-rated prospects in the Tar Heels' freshman class and is expected to compete for playing time in the 2008 season.

Rated the No. 12 middle linebacker in the nation by, Reddick recorded 189 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and blocked four punts for New Bern last season, earning first-team all-state honors.

"If you're going to look at the prototype inside linebacker, Kevin is that guy," UNC coach Butch Davis said on Signing Day. "He's got the presence and strength to be a dominating force…"

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