“First we came to camp, went out and did drills and coach (Kirby) Smart kept talking to me,” he said. “He said he liked what I did, and how athletic I was and how I moved.
“After the camp, he invited me back inside and told me he officially offered. I was thankful, but at the same time, humbled. ”
Odom, whose older brother Derrick played at LSU, has frequented Tuscaloosa as a prospect. He thought this was another routine trip.
“I was surprised with how it went down. I’ve been there a couple of times, but I didn’t think it was coming this soon,” he said of the offer. “I just came up there, gave it my all and tried to pay attention and do what they asked me to do. I just paid attention to detail, gave full effort and tried to be a leader.”
Smart, who now coaches linebackers for UA, covets Odom on the inside.
“They asked me which one I feel more comfortable at and I said outside. But they said with how athletic I am, I can play inside, too,” he said. “I’m aggressive, I’m pretty football smart, I can read plays fast and I’m a sideline-to-sideline guy.
“And Alabama is a major place to be. I like the coaches and how they tell you what to do. They’re going to expect the best out of everybody.”
With in-state offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State already to his name, the Callaway (Miss.) standout is looking to add options as the camp circuit transitions into his junior season. Odom has no timeline for a decision and claims no early favorites.
Odom, who racked up 133 tackles, including 20 for loss and five sacks, as a sophomore at Callaway, says academics and his relationship with a coaching staff serve as primary factors in an eventual decision.