It's Official: Jones In, Reddick Out

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – As Inside Carolina first reported Friday morning, Dwight Jones has been admitted to the University of North Carolina and will be a member of the Tar Heels' football team in 2008. UNC also confirmed Inside Carolina's report that freshman linebacker Kevin Reddick will not attend UNC this fall.

Dwight Jones, an All-America wide receiver at Burlington Cummings High School, has been admitted to the University of North Carolina and will be a member of the Tar Heels' football team in 2008, head coach Butch Davis announced Friday.

Jones, who was attending preseason practice at Division II Valdosta State, is expected to take the practice field with Carolina in the next few days.

"We are excited to add Dwight Jones to our football team," says Davis. "Our football staff and compliance office have worked very hard to make his enrollment a possibility, and his teammates and I look forward to welcoming Dwight to Chapel Hill. The people at Valdosta State have been extremely cooperative throughout this situation, and we are very appreciative of their efforts and understanding."

Jones signed a National Letter of Intent with North Carolina in February 2007 but attended Hargrave Military Academy last year. He chose to initially report for practice at another school this year because of a misunderstanding in the number of core courses he needed to enroll at a Division I school. That was due to a change in NCAA rules policy earlier this year. On August 1st, UNC officials questioned his status to the NCAA Eligibility Center based on additional information. UNC then worked with the ACC, NCAA membership services staff and the NCAA Eligibility Center to resolve the matter. Subsequently, the NCAA Eligibility Center cleared him to play Division I football, Valdosta State gave him his release and the NCAA granted a waiver so that he could transfer without sitting out a year.

"We really do appreciate the way the football coaches and administrative staff at Valdosta State dealt with this situation," says Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. "Dwight made his initial college selection more than a year ago and worked hard academically since then to attend UNC. We hope this has not been disruptive to Valdosta's preseason preparation.

"I want to thank our compliance staff and the NCAA for working together to find a positive solution for Dwight and our football program."

Jones compiled 112 receptions for 2,315 yards and 20 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Cummings and helped lead the team to a 2-A state title as a senior.

Additionally, North Carolina announced Friday that freshman linebacker Kevin Reddick will not attend the University this fall.

"Kevin is a fantastic young man, and we expect him to be a part of our program in the future," says Davis.


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