For a couple of years now folks in the Midlands area have either heard about or seen the Council brothers from Camden High School. Older brother Jay has graduated now and Josh Council has already started his senior year. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Josh to talk about his junior season last year and his thoughts going forward to his senior season this year. Council is the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
Last year saw its ups and downs for the younger Council. On the gridiron he was injured during the third game of the season against West Florence High. He was forced out of action until the last game of the year. His return helped to spark the Bulldogs however as he helped lead them to the 3rd round of the playoffs. Although his Bulldogs fell to Marlboro County 35-28 Council tossed 4 touchdown passes for his team in the loss.
Asked who he's hearing from already for football Council replied, "Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina State, Duke, and Illinois. Clemson, South Carolina, and Auburn are recruiting me pretty hard so far. I don't have any offers yet but I get a lot of mail from Clemson and USC everyday."
Council was able to make a couple of campus visits this offseason to Clemson, South Carolina, and North Carolina State. He also informed us that he liked what he was able to take in at all three schools while on campus.
This offseason Council worked hard to try to improve a number of aspects of his already strong arsenal. "I worked on my speed and throwing on the run to become a better player."
His savvy and calm demeanor show whenever he's on the field and that's something that he really relies upon in the midst of the battle.
"I think one of my biggest strengths is that when there's pressure on my team that I know to stay calm and do what I have to do to help my team make a play."
Any questions regarding his ability to make plays should turn their attention to what he did on the basketball court after football was over last season. Council recalled his averages on the hardwood from last season for us. "I averaged 25 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game."
Considering his 6'3 size it's easy to see just how athletic the 2010 prospect is. It's that ability to fight for position, having a nose for the ball, and defensive tenacity that many folks have been talking about over the past few years when it comes to Council on the basketball court.
Council along with his brother and teammates made a run all the way to the Colonial Center to play for the AAA state championship last season against Greer High. The performance he delivered was of epic proportions as he poured in 34 points and ripped down 20+ rebounds in the Bulldogs 77-62 win over Greer.
"It felt good then and still feels really good winning the AAA state championship last season. But it was a team thing. I told my team something in the locker room before coming out. That we either have to leave it all out the court or we might as well stay in the locker room. So we came out a little slow but as the game kept going on we got a great feeling of the goals and the huge fans we had there, and justed played like we did all season to get there. So it felt and stills to feels good to me how we played."
Obviously the remarkable performance he put on for everyone at the state championship victory Council considers his most memorable to date. Describing his own talents on the hardwood though Council says his strengths are his rebounding ability, playing defense, drawing fouls, and getting to the basket. Considering that in today's current age of where everybody wants to score, score, and score some more Council is a throwback in a sense. He's got the ability to score averaging 25 points per game but he really enjoys doing the things that often get overlooked to help his team emerge victorious.
In regards to his recruitment on the hoops side of things Council says a few schools are showing him early interest.
"Warren Wilson College, Winthrop, and Lander have been showing me a lot of interest for basketball. Lander is coming after me the hardest out of those three right now."
At this point Council says he really doesn't have a preference of one sport over the other. He did take the time to let us know more about himself not only as an athlete but as a person as well and just why he'd be a valuable asset to a college program.
"No matter what I'm always gonna go hard and give 100 percent. I'm a team player and I'm not the type of player that lets things get into my head to stop me from doing what I have to do to get better as a person or as a team player."
In a recent article with "The State" newspaper his head football coach Jimmy Neal talked about Council. "He's worked extremely hard. He's a winner. If you don't know Josh, you do not know how competitive he is. In the worst situations, he acts like nothing fazes him. It's important to him to win. He loves winning. You've just got to know that about him."
Each time we've seen Council in action on both the gridiron and hardwoood it's easy to see that he's a player that any coach would love to have on their side.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com as we'll have more updates regarding Camden's Josh Council and the state's other top prospects throughout the season, so keep it dialed in right here!