"I'm just ready to go down there and work and try to get on top," the heralded 6-2, 230-pound linebacker said before departing for Chapel Hill.
Coming out of New Bern (N.C.) High School, Reddick was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and enrolled at Chapel Hill for the 2008 second summer semester and began practicing with the team in August. However, the NCAA required he re-take the ACT score and on the re-try he didn't receive a score that would deem him qualified. Thus, he headed to Hargrave Military Academy, where he took SAT/ACT prep classes, as well as played for the post graduate team.
In the meantime, a new rule was passed by the NCAA that allowed Reddick to replace a high school grade by taking a three-week, online course. He took the course over the Christmas break and received a grade that improved his grade-point average to a level that matches his ACT score on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale, which determines academic eligibility.
"I'm ready to go in and battle for that [depth chart spot]," Reddick said. "I know I'm just a freshman, but I'm ready – I love to compete."