Practice Tour: Kevin Reddick

CHATHAM, Va. --- North Carolina pledge Kevin Reddick is taking a business-like approach to his unanticipated stop at Hargrave Military Academy.

"I'm just going to come in, work hard in the classroom and take the [ACT] in October," Reddick said. "Basically, I'm going to try to pass it the first time I take it so that can be some pressure off me."

Reddick, who is visibly frustrated that this Hargrave detour has delayed the beginning to his Tar Heel career, already has Dec. 19 -- the final day of the fall semester -- circled on his calendar. As soon as the bell rings on Dec.19, he plans to head home and prepare to move back into the UNC dorms shortly thereafter.

In the mean time, Reddick, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound linebacker, will play MIKE in Hargrave's 4-3 scheme. He'll be responsible for making the most of the defensive calls.

"Kevin Reddick is polished," Hargrave Military Academy post graduate head football coach Robert Prunty said. "You watch him move around, Kevin Reddick is a football player. [He's a] very physical guy with great leverage. He runs well. He's going to be a great player before he leaves Carolina."

Reddick starred at middle linebacker for New Bern High School throughout his high school career. As a senior, he led the Bears to their first NCHSAA 4A State Title and was selected to North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team following the season.

Off the football field, Reddick plans to assist UNC in its recruiting efforts.

"I've just been trying to get some of these guys that I see like [Bobby] Massie – he doesn't have a college, he hasn't decided, yet," Reddick said. "But, he said he was looking at Carolina hard… He's a pretty decent guy. And some of the other guys around here, I've just been showing out ‘Ya'll need to come to Carolina.' I've just been telling everyone that."

Through the years, UNC has signed a number of prospects out of Hargrave, including Quinton Coples and Zach Brown last February.

Originally qualified, Reddick enrolled in classes at UNC during the second summer and participated in several preseason practices.

"They red-flagged my [ACT] score, so that meant I had to take it over again," Reddick said.

When Reddick retook the ACT, he said he fell short of receiving a score necessary to be academically qualified under the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale.

Thus, Reddick had to pack his bags and head north to Hargrave.

"The time I had at UNC playing and practicing, that's helping me out here, because I know a little more than most of these guys," Reddick said.

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