Tigers eyeing Jackson (Miss.) LB Odom

LSU has a vacancy to fill at the linebacker position with the defection of Bani Gbadyu to Penn State and one of the top candidates to take his spot is four-star recruit Derrick Odom.

Odom, a 6-2, 205-pounder with 4.6 speed, had a terrific senior season at Jackson (Miss.) Callaway. He finished the year with 164 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Odom was scheduled to take his official visit to LSU on Jan. 20 but now he will be in town a little sooner than expected.

"I changed it to this weekend because I want to take all my visits so I can make my decision earlier," he said. "I take my last visit to Southern Miss on Jan. 20 and then I want to make my commitment after that. I was going to Southern Miss on the 27th but now I can get it over with a week earlier."

Recruiting has been hectic for Odom over the past couple of months and he is growing tired of the process.

"I wish I would have already taken all of my visits so I could have already made up my mind," he said. "It's just crazy with all of the coaches coming by and calling all of the time."

One of those coaches that has been stopping by Callaway High School frequently over the last month is LSU recruiting coordinator Josh Henson.

"He was by today just trying to get all of the visit info straight," Odom said.

One thing Henson and Odom often talk about is where he would play if he signed with the Tigers but that is something the star linebacker is not too worried about.

"He said they really don't even know if it's going to be weak side linebacker or strong safety," Odom said. "He said that is something they will figure out once they get me on campus."

Does he have a preference?

"I don't care," he said. "I just want to hit somebody."

When Odom gets to town on Friday it will not be the first time he has been to LSU.

"I've been there once and seen everything," he said. "My first time was at a camp and I was impressed with everything. What stood out was that they were balanced at everything. They were not average at anything. They were great at everything and especially with the academic center."

After the trip this weekend, the only two left for Odom are to Tennessee (1/13) and Southern Miss. He had already been to Alabama and Ole Miss, and is thinking about taking an unofficial to Auburn sometime in January.

When asked if there was a leader in that group, he replied, "no sir."

Shortly after that, though, he had this to say about LSU when asked if the Tigers had a good shot.

"Yea they do," he said. "They really do. They're one of my top schools out of the six I'm looking at. I don't want to give a number or anything but they are at the top."

Does that mean LSU is the team to beat?

"Lets just say I like them a lot," said Odom with a laugh.

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