When your brother is the first pick in the NBA draft and signs a multi-million dollar contract, you can take all the visits you want.
But Indianapolis prep football star Anthony Oden (6-8, 295) has decided after taking several unofficials that he only needs to take one official trek.
The big offensive lineman, who will get a home visit from new Razorback coach Bobby Petrino and offensive line coach Mike Summers on Wednesday, says that official visit will be to the University of Arkansas on Friday.
"I definitely am going to be a Razorback," Oden said Monday night. "I am just going to take that one official visit on the 25th to Arkansas and that will be that. I know where I want to be."
Oden, whose older brother Greg was drafted by Portland with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft after one stellar season at Ohio State, had official visits scheduled to Indiana and Oregon State.
But he has canceled those and feels that unofficial visits to Arkansas, Ohio State, Indiana and Oregon State told him all he needed to know.
"I know it is a different coaching staff down there at Arkansas now, but I just really liked the atmosphere and the sense of family that Fayetteville has," Oden said. "I think they have great facilities and I feel real comfortable there and I think it is just the perfect place for me to play football and go to college."
Oden, a pretty good basketball player himself, is looking forward to visiting with Petrino and Summers on Wednesday at his home.
"They are getting on a jet and coming up here on Wednesday," Oden said. "I have talked with Coach Summers, but that visit will give me a better understanding of what they expect from me and what I can do to help out."
Oden has played tight end and defensive end in high school, but will make the move to offensive line in college.
"I think I am a very good blocker for a tight end, but a lot of what you do there is just block down," Oden said. "I've always been naturally strong, but know that I will need to get my straight ahead blocking down and get even stronger."
He will already have a couple of friends in Fayetteville in Steven and Mike Conley, the former Arkansas track star and Olympic Gold Medalist who is moving back to Northwest Arkansas.
Mike Conley is also the agent for Greg Oden.
"He just told me to do what I thought was best, but that Arkansas was a really nice place for him," Oden said. "I feel really good about my decision to go to Arkansas."
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