Speedster Plans to Visit Tigers

A south Florida high school standout discusses his interest in the Auburn football Tigers.

Pahokee, Fla.--Pahokee High School is known for producing talented football players, particularly guys who can run fast. Very fast.

Martavious Odoms, a wide receiver for this year's 11-0 Pahokee High team, fits that description very nicely. With a best time of 10.6 in the 100 meters and multiple clockings in the sub 4.5 range, there is no doubt about his speed.

A prospect with a large number of scholarship offers, including one from Auburn, he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is looking forward to taking an official visit to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's team this weekend.

"I have been interested in Auburn for a long time," the senior receiver says. "I am not sure when Auburn offered me a scholarship it was so long ago. I think it was about the first time they could officially offer. I know it was back before my junior season."

Odoms says his trip this weekend to Auburn with teammates Jatavious Miller, a linebacker, and Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback, will be his first visit to the AU campus. The trio will check out the program and will see Auburn's regular season ending home football game vs. in-state rival Alabama.

"This will be my first official visit," says Odoms, who notes that he will likely visit Tennessee, Iowa, Ole Miss and Miami before picking a college.

"I know Auburn has an offense that is kind of even--they like to run the ball, but they also like to throw it, too," he says.

As a junior Odoms caught 15 touchdown passes and finished with 965 receiving yards. He reached the 15 TD mark before the halfway point of the regular season this year, but says he isn't certain what his current statistics are, although he says he feels like he is having a strong senior season.

Commenting on what he is looking for on his recruiting trips, the 5-8, 171-pounder says, "I am looking to find a team that is really, really together," he says. "It is important to me that I find a positive environment to play in with a coaching staff that believes in me and won't be concerned about my size. Being around positive people is important."

One thing that Odoms is positive about is that Pahokee has another strong team this year. They will look to advance into the third round of the state playoffs with a victory over The King's Academy this week, a team they defeated 39-17 in the regular season.

Odoms says he believes Pahokee has a team capable of going all the way to a state title. Two of the reasons for that are the guys who are making the trip to Auburn with him this weekend.

"If we aren't scoring enough on offense, we have faith our defense can shut down other teams," the wide receiver says. "If the other team has a great receiver, Janoris Jenkins is the guy who can take care of that. If they have a great running back, our middle linebacker, Jatavious Miller, is going to shut him down. Those guys play a big role in our success."



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