Top Target: Rod Council

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A new name on Virginia’s top target list is Rod Council , a 5-11, 175 pound cornerback prospect from West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC.

Council, who has nine scholarship offers, impressed the UVA coaches during the Cavaliers summer camp in late June. It was there that he displayed talent, confidence, and a winning attitude, prompting Virginia to offer a scholarship at the end of the camp.

“At UVA, Rod really showed that he could step up to the challenge,” said West Charlotte head coach Pete Gilchrist. “During the one-on-one drills, he was the first one to step up and take on the challenge of the most talented wide receivers. They did not have to ask him to volunteer. Rod will go against the best. He has a business-man type attitude on the field. He goes out and does what he’s supposed to without saying much.”

Earlier this year, Council impressed during the Nike combine in Blacksburg. He took home MVP honors, displaying his strength by bench pressing 185 pounds 16 times. Council is very fast as well, as he runs a 4.45 in the 40 yard dash and 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle.

While his physical skills are obvious, what separates Council from other top cornerback prospects is his talent.

“The main thing about Rod is his coverage ability,” said Gilchrist. “He excels during the one-on-one drills. He moves his hips well and changes directions very easily.”

Michigan, Notre Dame, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Navy, Syracuse, and East Carolina have also offered Council. Coach Gilchrist expects both UNC and NC State to offer very soon.

As for a decision, Coach Gilchrist is not sure when his star defender will make one. Virginia has a good shot, however, and is in Council’s top five.

“He really enjoyed UVA when he visited,” said Gilchrist. “The camp experience put UVA right in his top five. Notre Dame and Michigan and the in-state schools (UNC and NCSU) are there. I’m not sure if he wants to make one or two visits. He might decide before the season starts.”

Council is a very busy young man. He plays baseball and track as well as football and takes AP level courses in the classroom. He maintains close to a 4.0 grade point average and has scored a 970 on his first SAT try.