Odom to Red Wolves
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Odom to Red Wolves

It was during an in-home visit in Arlington, Texas Tuesday evening that Bryan Harsin and the Arkansas State Red Wolves secured their second defensive end commitment of the 2013 class. This one comes from nice bloodlines.

Arkansas State just recently entered the picture for Chris Odom. It was two Sundays ago, in fact, after Colorado State pulled Odom's offer.

Odom explained: "CSU called me and said they found another defensive end. About 30 minutes later, Arkansas State called me wanting to set up a visit."

Odom visited Jonesboro this past weekend (Feb 25-27), and walked away sold.

"Being born and raised in Texas, I'd never been to Arkansas, so I didn't know what to expect," he said. "I have a friend who was born in Jonesboro, she said it was a small town. And, yeah, it was small, but it wasn't too small. There's so much land, just Red Wolves country all over, it was beautiful. The family environment of the town and the players being so welcoming and open, it was just an amazing feeling."

"The coaching staff is so much fun to be around, so laid back. They were cracking jokes, just laid back, so they know when to have fun but they know when to be serious, as well. And they actually take the time to get to know you. That's what meant a lot to me."

"I loved everything about it. I just had a good feeling and I didn't want to let it get away, so that's why I committed."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end looks forward to helping carry the Arkansas State program upward.

"Since Coach Harsin came from Texas, after Arkansas State beat Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, he's been on a mission to keep things going and get to a BCS bowl. He's brought in his own guys, and he wants us to help change the program and be a part of it - Be people never forgotten and make our mark at Arkansas State."

Whether Odom competes for playing time immediately or not is to be determined, and ultimately up to him.

"They said it all depends on when I get up there. If I can put on weight and learn the playbook right away, there's a chance I could compete for a starting spot."

His bloodlines should help. Odom's father Cliff played 13 years in the NFL at linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. His older brother Clifton starred at cornerback for Baylor.

"I can't even explain how much they've helped me through all of this," sighed Odom. "Through recruiting, they told me to be patient, take all my visits, take all opportunities given to me, and make sure I really compare all options before making a decision. That's why I made my decision so down the wire… They made sure I talked about my decision, and they agreed Arkansas State was the best fit. I'm glad I chose it."

"Cool to think I'll officially be a Red Wolf next week."

Odom chose Arkansas State over offers from Montana State and University of the Incarnate Word (in San Antonio). He will ink his letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.