RECRUITING: Odom Loves All The Attention

Reggie Odom doesn't mind being the center of attention. He loves it when the opposing team treats him with so much respect because the more attention paid to him, the more his teammates can get involved in the game.

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Odom and his DeLand High School teammates played an intense game last Friday night against Seabreeze High School, won by DeLand in overtime, 39-38. Seabreeze's focus on Odom opened the door for teammates to make play after play.

"They focused on double and triple teaming me giving the linebackers and other defensive linemen an opportunity to make plays," he said.

Odom is one of the top defensive linemen in the state of Florida. He has a long list of suitors who are offering college football scholarships but for the moment, he's concentrating on his high school season. There will be plenty of time to schedule visits once the season is over. He lists Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU at the top of his list.

When asked what was important in a football program, Odom says, "All of the schools that I like have great defenses and coaching staffs. I am looking for a family away from home. I am interested in a school with a good football team and academics."

Odom made an unofficial visit to Gainesville, Florida on September 17. Reggie raved about The University of Florida and the environment that he experienced during the Florida-Tennessee game.

"I loved it! It was wild … all the fans screaming … it was nice," he said.

Odom attended the Miami-Clemson game last season so he had something to compare with his experience at Florida.

"The Florida vs. Tennessee game was two or three times louder and had a better atmosphere than the Miami vs. Clemson game," he said.

Odom found the Florida locker room scene quite revealing and appealing.

"The players all listened to Coach Meyer and their teammates attentively," he said. "I was really impressed with Brandon Siler … he sang the fight song and just demonstrated strong leadership skills. The fight song is something that I am going to learn because I saw first hand how encouraging it was."

Odom was so impressed with Siler that he took notes.

"I believe I am looking forward to being that type of leader," he said.

Odom also got a chance to speak to all of the defensive linemen as well as Siler and cornerback Avery Atkins.

"I told them they played a good game out there," he said.

Atkins told Odom that Florida is the perfect place for him to spend his college football career.

"Avery and I are pretty close … he lives up the street from me," said Odom.

For now, Odom is concentrating on doing things that will ease his transition from high school to college football.

"I have been eating right, staying in shape, listening to my coaches, and staying on top of my school work," he said.


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