RECRUITING: Odom Waits For Offers From Big 3

After a jamboree game against Nease in which he had two sacks, seven tackles and a forced fumble to lead his team from a 32-6 deficit to near victory, DeLand's Reggie Odom knows that it is simply a matter of time before he has tangible college scholarship offers in hand. The 6-2, 295-pound defensive tackle is a model citizen and student off the field, a big time playmaker on it.

Trailing 32-6 against Nease, DeLand rallied behind Odom's defensive heroics to stage a near-miracle comeback. It was the kind of performance that opens eyes. Reggie Odom has been hearing from the state's big three as well as many other Division I powerhouses. He has a number of offers from Division I programs but the offers he covets the most are the ones that he hopes will be coming from the big three in the state of Florida.

"It is going good, real good," Odom said of the recruiting process so far. "I don't know how many offers I have total but Ole Miss is probably the latest. I am getting a lot of mail."

One piece of mail in particular has stood out so far.

"USC sent me a card with a picture of the championship trophy and the ring," he said. "It said, 'Do you want to be a part of this?' They haven't offered yet, but they said they would soon."

The offers from the three big state schools haven't come yet, but that isn't fazing Odom. He knows he has plenty of options and he will keep those options open throughout the process anyway.

"Florida, Florida State and Miami said they offer late into the season," Odom said. "I like everybody until I get on that team, then I will have a favorite. Everybody is neck and neck right now."

The early plan for the summer is not to camp. He and his high school coach, Dean Fabrizio, reached agreement that camps were not part of the summer agenda.

"Our coach thinks it isn't a good idea to go to camps, Odom said. "If he changes his mind then we will go. I am going on what he said."

As he prepares this summer with his coaches in weight training, agility training and speed drills, Odom knows he still needs to improve on the field. One area of concern popped up in the spring game.

"I need to get my hydration right … I started cramping," he said. "I just played defense. I missed two plays with the cramps and went back in."

Redman Reaction: The offers will come from the big three and most every powerhouse that thinks they have a shot at Odom. He is too big, powerful, and disruptive on the field not to merit more attention. He well be a huge shot in the arm for whomever picks him up and I believe the Gators have as good a shot as any.

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