"I had four in-home visits this week," said Derrick Odom from Callaway-Jackson, Miss. "Alabama and Southern Miss came on Monday. Ole Miss came Tuesday, and Tennessee came today [Tuesday]. All the visits were about the same. All the schools basically asked me the same questions, but they came with a different approach."
Odom talks about his visitors.
Alabama: "Coach Sparky Woods and the receivers coach [Charlie Harbison] came to visit me. The visit went real well. We talked about everything. I am going on my official visit to Alabama next weekend (12-9). I will find out a lot more then."
Ole Miss: "The visit with Ole Miss went real well too. Coach [Ed] Orgeron and coach [Tony] Hughes came for the visit. It was a fun visit. We talked about a lot of stuff. It was good to hear from the head coach and not just an assistant coach. I am going on my official to Ole Miss this weekend (12-4)."
Southern Miss: "Coach [Jay] Hopson visited with me. I have known him for a long time. We touched on all the basics. I am taking my last official visit to Southern Miss (1-27)."
Tennessee: "Coach [Steve] Caldwell came to my school and to my house today. We talked about everything. The visit went real well. I will take my official to Tennessee on January 13."
Ole Miss made the first impression by head coach Ed Orgeron visiting with Odom, and more head coaches are expected to find their way to Jackson.
"I know coach [Phil] Fulmer is coming," Odom said. "Coach [Jeff] Bower is coming either at the end of the month or in January, and coach [Mike] Shula is planning to come as well."
The 6-2, 205 pound athlete runs a 4.5 forty yard dash giving him the ability to play different positions on the next level. Schools have indicated the position they want him to play.
"I have been told I will play outside linebacker, strong safety, and a few schools said they would wait until I got there to decide," Odom said. "Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Alabama all want me to play outside linebacker. LSU and Tennessee both want me to play strong safety. It really doesn't matter to me which position I play."
As Odom prepares to begin his official visits, all schools on his list are equal.
Odom said, "I will take all of my official visits before making a decision. When I start going on my visits I want to find out about the academics. I want to find the place where I feel the most comfortable. Playing time is a factor as well."
"In a way I feel like playing time is better at a few schools than others, but in another way I don't. I know depth is low at Ole Miss, and I know Alabama is losing their top two linebackers," he added.
Odom finished his senior season with over 160 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble