West Charlotte High School (NC) star Rod Council today did what many expected him to do all week long, and made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. Council, who is one of the top cornerbacks in the East, picked the Hokies over Virginia.
He made his choice known today during the Shrine Bowl media day.
“He did commit to Virginia Tech,” West Charlotte Head Coach Pete Gilchrist said. “When he went on his visit, he made a comment to me that it just felt like home. He said the guys around Virginia Tech were similar to the guys he is friends with in high school. It was so close between Virginia Tech and Virginia, that all he could go on was his gut feeling, and he felt more relaxed at Virginia Tech.”
There was speculation before Council made his official visit to Virginia Tech that Virginia was the leader for his services. Coach Gilchrist admitted he believed the Cavaliers led as well, however Rod’s trip to Virginia Tech is what turned everything around.
“After Coach [Al] Groh’s last visit to Rod, I thought he was leaning to Virginia,” Gilchrist said. “Coach Groh did such a good job of selling his program that I thought he was going to Virginia, but Rod said he just loved the feel on his visit to Virginia Tech. Like I said, it was so close between the two that he could only go on his gut and where he felt most comfortable. That’s what he did.”
Council, a 5-11, 175 pound prospect, made eleven interceptions during his senior season and helped West Charlotte to a 13-2 record and a state 4-A semifinal appearance. He will play tomorrow in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl.
Excelling as much in the classroom as he does on the football field, Council maintains an A average and is President of the Student Council. He was a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award, which goes to the brightest overall student athletes in each state.
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