"I am exited about my decision," Aaron Odom said. "I was ready to do it and have everything settled. I just felt like this was the right time and I feel like Mississippi State just offers more of the things that I am looking for in a college."
The Mississippi State coaching staff appears to have been a major draw for the Jackson, Mississippi standout who is expected to play defensive end on the next level.
"I really like Coach (Brian) Baker and Coach (Peter) Sirmon," Odom explained. "I like all of the coaches up there and I really like the defense. I think that they are going to have a good year and I feel like I will fit in real good with what they want to do on defense. Coach Baker seems like a great coach and I am looking forward to playing for him."
Former Callaway Head football coach, Pat Austin, is currently an in office assistant on the Bulldog coaching staff. While Odom admits that having a familiar face on staff provides a certain level of comfort, in the end it was not a major part of his decision making process.
"I have a good relationship with Coach Austin, but I didn't make my decision because of that," Odom explained. "I still had to make the right decision for me and I feel like Mississippi State is the best place for me.
"Malik (Heath) is going up there too and that made it an easier decision for me too."
With verbal commitments from offensive lineman Tommy Champion by way of Co-Lin Community College, Odom, Emanuel Dabney and 2018 wide out Malik Heath, Mississippi State looks to be building a pipeline to Callaway High.
Odom reports that he will enjoy being able to continue playing with some of the top Charger players in recent years.
"Yeah, we have a lot of guys going to Mississippi State," Odom said. "I am excited about that too and I feel like we can go up there and just add to the program. I think we can all contribute to what they already have and do some good things together."
Now firmly committed to the Bulldogs, Odom reports that he will be looking to aid in the Mississippi State recruiting efforts in the coming months.
"I am already working on some guys," Odom said with a laugh. "I am just telling them that we all need to just go together and try to do some big things. I think we're going to have a great class and a great team. I want as many of the best players to come up there with us, so we can take the program to the next level."
Odom is one of eleven verbal commitments for the 2017 Mississippi State signing class. Ten of those eleven pledges are products of either Mississippi High School or Junior College programs. Projected as a defensive end, Odom is one of two Scout National 300 members to announce for Mississippi State this cycle.