Visit moves Louisville up Odom's list

Rod Odom is on the road to making a college decision. The 2010 forward has a few visits left to make before he makes a commitment but a recent trip to Louisville strengthened the Cardinals position.

Rod Odom visited Louisville over the weekend and the 6'8, 195-pound forward liked what he heard from Rick Pitino.

"It was a good visit and I feel that Coach Pitino really connected with me the most," Odom said. "I feel like Coach Pitino really understands my game really well. He really understood what I need to do to get to the next level more than any coach that I've talked to this far."

Louisville also is recruiting two other 2010 forward prospects in Tobias Harris and J.J. Moore. Pitino has in-home visits scheduled with Harris and Moore and both prospects are expected to visit Louisville next month.

"Coach Pitino said they weren't going to try to ask me to commit right now," Odom said. "I'm going to take official visits and he said they'll still be there afterwards."

Odom plans to take more visits.
While Louisville didn't push Odom for a commitment while he was on campus, Odom said his visit strengthened the Cardinals position.

"I would definitely say it moved Louisville up the list," Odom said. "I couldn't give a specific spot but seeing more of Louisville definitely improved my opinion of the school."

Before traveling to Louisville, Odom initially planned to visit Uconn last week but decided to check out Vanderbilt instead. "It went really well," Odom said. "I got a chance to play with the players and talk to the coaches. It was real good." Though he didn't visit Uconn, Odom said the Huskies are still in the mix.

Having visited West Virginia, Louisville and Vanderbilt, Odom will visit Arizona, Harvard and Boston College this month before making a decision.

"I believe I'll make a decision in late September, early October," Odom said. "The main thing going forward is to take these visits and see what situation is going to be most beneficial to me."

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