ISU Still in the Hunt for Odom

Derrick Odom claims that he doesn't have a top five list of schools to attend next fall. He said that every school interested in him is even right now, and that includes Iowa State.

Odom has yet to visit or to schedule a visit to Iowa State.


"I'm working on it," he said. "I'm trying to see how I can get up there."


Odom, the 6-foot-2, 205 pound linebacker out of Jackson, Miss., has been in touch with the Iowa State coaching staff about what he could bring to the defense next fall.


"We've already discussed what I can bring to the defense," Odom said  "With any defense I feel like I'm capable of doing something. I believe I could play linebacker on the weak side. That's what I predict myself to be."


Odom has also received scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and LSU.


For many college recruits it's hard to even out the time spent concentrating on their high school teams and the recruiting process. Odom however isn't having that problem; In fact he enjoys the challenge.


"I do a little bit of both at the same time," he said. "What I do in high school, I try and make myself better, but at the same time I try and picture myself in college doing the same thing. I'm trying to take on two challenges at once."


While talking about challenges, Odom is experiencing one currently with his high school career. His coach has changed the defense for this season. Instead of fielding three linebackers, his team is now fielding two. Odom is a big fan of the new scheme.


"I feel like I'm capable of doing more," Odom said. "It made me feel better because it's a better challenge; I like a challenge."


In four games this season Odom is averaging between 15 and 16 tackles a game. He currently has six sacks and has forced three fumbles. Odom credits going to camps over the summer for his success this year; he attended camps at LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Auburn and a Nike Camp.


Though he's not currently too concerned about picking a college, Odom is still thinking about the choice he's about to make in other aspects of life.


"Right now I'm trying to figure out my major," he said. "I know a lot of people don't think about that but I'm ahead of people. My first thing when I get to college is my academics so I can be eligible and ready to play. Second would be football."


Odom thinks that he wants to major in engineering but is still unsure to what aspect he will follow.

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