For the other GBW stories on the Pahokee kids, click for:
(1) GBW talks to Vincent Smith.
(2) Coach Thompson on Nu'Keese Richardson and Brandin Hawthorne.
(3) GBW talks to Nu'Keese Richardson (no rabbit-chasing for him - he's 'fraid of 'em).
Pahokee, Florida head coach Blaze Thompson talks with GoBlueWolverine about his stars RB/slot Vincent Smith and slot-dot Martavious Odoms.
GoBlueWolverine: What kind of player is Vincent on the field?
Coach Thompson: "He is a very good kid who is a smaller back. He is a very good player who is a slasher and can play that scat back. He can play the running back and slot positions."
GoBlueWolverine: What are going to be the deciding factors for Vincent in his college decision?
Coach Thompson: "Distance might be a factor, but the size of the program matters more than anything else. And with a program like Michigan you do not need to worry about kids and distance for the elite programs. Like I said about my other players, Odoms could play a part because of how much these kids get along."
GoBlueWolverine: What teams are at the top right now for Vincent?
Coach Thompson: "Well Michigan is up there. He is just starting to be looked at by many schools right now. We are being told that many teams are going to be offering soon, but you have to take that with a grain of salt until they actually come forth with an offer. He is wide open right now."
GoBlueWolverine: When is Martavious coming up to Michigan?
Coach Thompson: "Odoms is planning to make it to Michigan right after graduation I believe. He wants to get up there and be ready to play this fall."
GoBlueWolverine: What should Michigan fans be looking for in Odoms on the field?
Coach Thompson: "Well, I believe they do not have anybody like him right now. He is a hell of a player. He's a four-year starter here. He could also play a role as punt returner/kick returner. He is a strong kid who is tough to bring down for his size. He is not easy to tackle and is real quick."
GoBlueWolverine: How did Michigan get in on Odoms so late and be able to land him?
Coach Thompson: "Well to be honest, Florida and Florida State were not interested, but I have no idea why. Miami offered him, but they had several committed kids already, and so he thought he had a great chance at Michigan. I think several programs are going to be sorry for not going after him."
GoBlueWolverine: So the Michigan coaches did a good job with selling him about the new offense?
Coach Thompson: "The coaches really sold him on being a great player in their offense, and the fact he can play right away since they had no slot receivers at Michigan before this year."
GoBlueWolverine: It seems like getting Odoms could be a little bit of a pipeline to your school and in the surrounding area?
Coach Thompson: "He is a great kid who the kids all like a lot, but we do not know where everybody is going right now. The 2009 kids are all interested in Michigan though and a lot of that has to do with Odoms. All four of them would fit in very well at Michigan, if they all decided to attend Michigan."
Pahokee Coach on Vincent Smith, Tay Odoms
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