Interest Rising for West Charlotte DB

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West Charlotte (NC) cornerback Rod Council may be one of the fastest rising names in the East. According to West Charlotte Head Coach Pete Gilchrist, schools are scrambling to get into the mix with the talented prospect.

“Teams who are just now finding out about him are calling to see if they are too late,” said Council. “Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Tennessee all called last week. They are fighting to get his last officil visit.”

Council has taken official visits to Notre Dame (September 20th), Virginia (October 18th), and he went to Michigan last weekend. He was scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend but because of some scheduling conflicts, he has changed it to an unofficial.

“We’re going up there on an unofficial visit,” said Gilchrist. “We had to change it, so we are just going to go up for the game. He’s going to make an official visit to Virginia Tech later…I can almost guarantee that. He’ll probably go there in early December, but we have to see how things go.”

Gilchrist, who accompanied Rod on his official to Michigan (Council brought a WCHS assistant coach to Notre Dame and went with his parents to Virginia), says Council may take a fifth visit.

“One of two will probably receive his final visit,” said Gilchrist. “Maybe Georgia Tech or Clemson. We’ll see.”

Notre Dame appeared to have a distinct edge following Council’s official visit to South Bend. Coach Gilchrist does not believe the Irish hold a strong advantage, and says the other programs are at the top as well.

“I don’t think there is a clear-cut favorite,” said Gilchrist. “Of course Coach Willingham made a big impression, but that was his first official visit. I know he enjoyed the environments and the coaches at Virginia and Michigan. He’s liked the coaches at Virginia for a long time. He said Virginia and Michigan are both similar college towns and atmospheres and he likes that. Notre Dame was impressive, but the other schools are still there.”

Council is having an excellent season on the gridiron. He has made 30 tackles including two tackles-for-loss. He has two forced-fumbles, one fumble-recovery, seven interceptions, and six pass-break-ups. Coach Gilchrist keeps a statistic called “big hits,” and Council