Tigers Pick Up Commitment From Top Defender

Auburn has picked up its 11th public verbal commitment for the 2005 football signee class.

Mandeville, La.–-The Auburn Tigers continue to roll on all fronts as they picked up a commitment from one of the South's top defensive linemen Sunday night in Rudy Odum. The 6-5, 265 Odum says that he just decided that there wasn't any need to wait any longer because he knew that Auburn was the best place for him after taking an unofficial visit for the Georgia game on Saturday.

"I've always liked them," Odum tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They were my number one for a while. I went there this weekend and they liked me a lot and I liked them. Some of the players that are going up there from New Orleans are some good defensive players that are migrating and going up there (Alonzo Horton and Patrick Trahan). They have a good recruiting class so far. They have great people and it's just somewhere I want to go because of the environment. They are great players and I can't wait to line up next to them in a couple of years."

Rudy Odum

A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp, Odum says that when he came back to campus for a game it was something that solidified his decision to become a Tiger. After considering LSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and others, he knew that Auburn was the place for him.

"It was awesome," Odum says. "I have never seen so many campers and cars in my life. We walked two miles from our car probably and saw about a million campers. It was unbelievable. Everybody was cheering the whole time. It was awesome."

Facing one of the top offenses in the SEC in Georgia, Auburn's defense dominated the game after a slow start and allowed just under 280 total yards on the day. Now leading the country in scoring defense and fifth in total defense, Auburn's style of play is something that Odum says had a big influence on his decision in the end.

"Definitely," Odum says. "You can just tell that the coaches, with the schemes they run and how if something happens and they're getting passed on they'll double up or do something to change, know what they're doing. They make good halftime adjustments."

Scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn on the weekend of Jan. 14, Odum says that he's not sure if he's even going to take any other visits before signing day. "I have no clue," he says. "Right now I'm just not sure."

The defensive leader for a 9-2 team in the second round of the playoffs, Odum has been a very busy man this season . Right now he leads the team with 85 tackles and has nine sacks, four caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 24 tackles for a loss. This weekend Fontainebleau takes on Brother Martin in the second round of the Louisiana high school playoffs.

Odum becomes Auburn's 11th public commitment and joins receiver Prechae Rodriguez as Auburn's commitments from the weekend. They join Horton, Trahan, Aairon Savage, Oscar Gonzalez, Michael Harness, Rex Sharpe, Andrew McCain, Montez Billings and Ali Sharrief as Auburn's current commitments.

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