Rees Odhiambo : 'I Feel Very Blessed'

Mansfield Legacy HS OL Rees Odhiambo (Mansfield, TX) became Boise State's eighth verbal commitment for the 2011 recruiting class just a little over a week ago. Odhiambo is a native of Kenya and didn't start playing football until his sophomore year of HS. Just a couple years ago his coach told him he should give football a try, now he finds himself headed to a National Championship Contender...

Mansfield Legacy HS OL Rees Odhiambo (Mansfield, TX) became Boise State's eighth verbal commitment for the 2011 recruiting class just a little over a week ago. Odhiambo is a native of Kenya and didn't start playing football until his sophomore year of HS. Just a couple years ago his coach told him he should give football a try and that has obviously worked out amazingly well for him. "I never thought about playing sports until my coach asked me if I wanted to give it a try," he said. "I didn't really know what I was doing my first year. It all started clicking last year," he added.

Rees received an official offer from Boise State in the mail on June 3rd. Assistant Head Coach Brent Pease first took notice of him during spring practice earlier this year. Odihambo's work ethic stood out. "They started recruiting me back during school," he stated. "Coach Pease offered me over the phone and said he wants me to be a part of Boise State football. He said I have good feet and good hustle."

It only took a little over a month for Odhiambo (6'4, 293) to pull the trigger and commit to Boise State. He thought about the offer and it just "seemed right" in his eyes. "I committed on July 6th," Odhiambo said. "I was just thinking about it and it always seemed right. It made it seem like the right place to go."

The talented O-lineman has not visited the Boise State campus yet. Head Coach Chris Petersen told him to be sure that he's 100% with that thought in mind. "I haven't visited yet. Coach Pete wanted to make sure I'm 100% committed and was wondering if I was really sure," he said. "It's weird for them to have someone committed before visiting."

Boise State could be considered the "land of opportunity" for under-the-radar recruits looking to make a name for themselves and compete at the highest level. Developing talent is arguably the biggest strength of the Bronco coaching staff and they feel they've found yet another solid prospect with a ton of potential in Rees Odhiambo. Boise State enters the 2010 season with high expectations and the future Bronco feels blessed to have the opportunity to play on The Blue. "I feel very blessed. I never imagined that I'd have the opportunity to play for a team like them," he said. "I think I can really help them throughout the years to come." Boise State was Odhiambo's only offer so far, but Arizona, Arizona State, and several other Pac-10 and Big-12 teams have showed increasing interest that is sure to only intensify as he enters his Senior season.

Last season, Mansfield Legacy HS finished with a record of 7-3. They made the state playoffs for the first time in school history and Rees believes they'll be even better in 2010. "We had a great season," he said. "I think we'll be a lot better this year. We have a lot of talent. Making it to the state championship this year will make me happy," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Rees Odhiambo.

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