Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Mississippi State verbal Aaron Odom of Callaway High School has added new offers this week.

Mississippi State stopped in to check on long time commitment Aaron Odom earlier this week, but the Bulldogs still have work to do to keep their talented defensive end in the Maroon and White fold. With college coaches on the road, the Jackson, Mississippi native is a target of interest for several programs.

Earlier this week, Aaron Odom had the chance to sit down and speak with his area recruiting coach from Mississippi State, running backs' coach Greg Knox. With the first week of the off campus contact period in full swing, Knox made Odom one of his first stops. 

"Coach Knox came by the school and then later on he came to the house," Odom explained. "We had a good time visiting and we just sort of talked about the Egg Bowl and then when he came to the house, he talked to my mom about everything."

Odom reports that most his questions involved the Bulldogs' win over Ole Miss, 55-20 and his own football future, while his mother was more concerned with things removed from the field of play.

"I was already straight. We talked about the game some and what all I am going to do when I get down there, but mom had a lot of questions," Odom said. "She wanted to know the typical parent type stuff. She was asking about the classes I would take and she wanted to know that I was going to be taken care of. She didn't really have any questions about football. She asked Coach Knox about academics and me getting my degree and all of that."

Having the chance to host Knox in his own living room was a different experience for Odom. The four star defensive lineman reports that he enjoyed being able to have a more relaxed conversation in a personal setting.

"It was a lot different being able to just sit down and talk," Odom said. "We had a good visit and Coach Knox talked with me and my mom about everything and we set up my official visit for the weekend of January 13th. I am looking forward to getting back up there."

While the Bulldogs appear to be in good shape with the scout National 300 selection, Odom still has other programs looking to change his mind about his college destination.

"Tennessee wants me to come in for a visit the weekend before I go to State," Odom said. "I am solid, but I am going to take that visit and I might take a few more. I am just going to see how things go."

In recent days, Odom has picked up offers from Louisville and Minnesota with more options expected in the coming days. With All-Star week approaching, Odom will get a chance to get away from recruiting and back on the football field for one final high school football game, the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

"We leave on Sunday," Odom said. "I am just looking forward to getting down there and bonding with some of my future teammates and just coming together with the best players in Mississippi and trying to get another win. I am real excited about the game and just being down there with everybody."

The annual all star game will take place on Saturday, December 10th at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Kickoff is set for noon and the broadcast will be carried by local affiliates across the state of Mississippi. 

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