If the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker receives a score that correspondents to his grade point average on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale, Reddick would be deemed academically qualified. He would leave Hargrave Military Academy on Dec.18, head home to New Bern, N.C., and prepare to enroll at UNC in January.
If he falls short, Reddick plans to return to Hargrave Military Academy for the spring semester, where he will continue to work towards qualifying.
"I'll probably be here until I get it," Reddick said.
Throughout the spring, Reddick will have several opportunities to retake both the ACT and SAT.
Coming out of New Bern High School, Reddick was fully qualified and actually enrolled at UNC for the second summer semester. However, his ACT score was red-flagged and when he retook the test, he didn't receive a score that would deem him qualified. Thus, he headed to Hargrave Military Academy.
Regardless of when he arrives on campus, Reddick will be among the contenders for the starting middle linebacker position, which, barring position changes, will become vacant with the graduation of Mark Paschal and Chase Rice after this season.
"I'm ready," Reddick said. "I know we're going to have other people that are going to step up, but I'm ready to compete for it. I plan to get there and just work for it, because I don't like playing behind anyone. It's a big role, but I'm ready for it."
Hargrave's schedule didn't allow Reddick to attend as many UNC games as he had hoped this season. Regardless, Reddick made sure to follow the Tar Heels' turnaround season.
"[The season] went pretty good," Reddick said. "We still have one more to go – the bowl game. It's been a good season. It could have been better, but it still was good."
Throughout his Hargrave stay, UNC's coaching staff has made sure Reddick knows he's not forgotten.
"They're in a period where they can talk now, so they'll call me," Reddick said. "I talk to them every now and then. They write me notes. I talk with Coach [Ken] Browning, a lot."
Most recently, UNC assistant coaches Browning, Sam Pittman, and Everett Withers visited Hargrave Military Academy for its Winter Workout. They spent a significant time speaking with Reddick.