DL Being Wise

The recruiting world can get wild and crazy at times for a lot of players but for Deland's Reggie Odom, he is trying to ensure that he does everything right.

"I want to make sure I have everything in order before I start naming any favorites or things like that," Odom said. "Academics, tradition, and especially the coaching staffs are what will be important to me. The coaches who are recruiting me are very important since that's who I'll be playing for over the next few years of my life."

Odom, 6-2 and 295 pounds, can say those types of things because he's already being recruited nationally. He got phone calls during the May evaluation period from college coaches across the country. However, Odom stayed focused.

"We had a good spring," Odom said. "We ended up by playing Nease in the spring game. Unfortunately, (Tim Tebow) didn't play because of baseball. I was really looking forward to that opportunity because it's always good to play against the best. I guess I'll have to wait to get that opportunity in college."

Odom, who finished that game with seven tackles and two sacks, will take the SAT for the first time this Saturday. In the meantime, he'll continue preparing for his senior season.

"My coaches advised me not to go to any of the camps because they feel like we're getting the right training by staying here for the summer and preparing for our season," he said. "I know what I'm capable of doing by now anyway."

The talented defensive lineman, who had over 50 tackles and eight sacks as a junior last season, has written offers from plenty of programs.

"I haven't narrowed things down because I'm still waiting to see what other offers I end up getting," he said. "All the big Florida schools called me and stopped by the school but I haven't gotten their offers yet. They said they like to offer later than a lot of the out of state schools."

Odom was asked about Miami.

"They're a great program," he said. "They've been very successful and it's hard not to like them. They've been after me since my 10th grade year so they started on me pretty early. They're definitely a school I will be considering."

Odom began playing football in 8th grade and says he's come a long way since then.

"I think I'm where I am today because of my determination level," he said. "I want it more than anyone out there, I think. I want to win and be the best I can be. That's what separates me."

Odom's listed at No. 36 on my post-spring Hot 100.

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