Big Lineman To Check Out Auburn In New Orleans

Mandeville, La.--When the Auburn Tigers take the practice field for the first time at the SuperDome, one of the most interested visitors will be defensive lineman Rudy Odum, a verbal commitment to the Tigers.

"I am going to watch the team practice on Wednesday," Odum tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"It is great that they are playing so close to home that I can just drive over and watch them practice," Odum says. "I am going to try to get to several practices."

Odum earned All-State honors as a senior as he helped his Fontainebleau High team post an 11-3 record. "Our season went great," he says. "We went all the way to the state playoff (Class 5A) semi-finals. Before that the first round of the playoffs was the farthest our school had ever gone. This year we went all the way to the fourth round."

Odum finished his season with 93 tackles, including 24 behind the line of scrimmage with 11 quarterback sacks. He had 20 QB hurries, deflected two passes, caused six fumbles, recovered two fumbles and he was credited with two safeties and a blocked field goal.

He was named All-District for the second straight year and was named the District Most Valuable Player as well as All-Parish.

Rudy Odum

In the spring Odum plans to play first base on the baseball team and he says his senior year is going well in the classroom at Fontainebleau High. "School is going great," he says. "I am having a good year."

Odum keeps in touch with the Auburn coaching staff, in particular with wide receivers coach Greg Knox, who recruits the New Orleans area for the Tigers. "I talk to Coach Knox every week," Odum says. Knox and the rest of the Tigers are in New Orleans, where they are preparing for the Jan. 3rd Nokia Sugar Bowl Game vs. Virginia Tech.

Odum, who says he is currently 6-5 1/2, 270 pounds, notes that he plans to arrive at Auburn next summer ready to compete for playing time. "I am doing the Kurt Hester's strength program," Odum says. "He was the strength coach at LSU five years ago. I do free weights, agility drills--pretty much the stuff I will be doing when I get to college."

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