Not only was he selected as the 73rd best junior college player in the nation by JCFootball.com, but, he was also selected the Mississippi junior college south half Defensive Back MVP and first-team all-state as well as first-team all-region. Odell told me that during the season he had, "8 interceptions and 40-something tackles."
He also did well during the recent Mississippi all-star junior college football game. "I had two interceptions and the second one won the game," Odell said when asked how he did during the game.
His exploits haven't gone unnoticed because quite a few colleges have contacted him.
When asked what schools are recruiting him, Odell said, "Clemson has just jumped in and Baylor jumped in last month. Mississippi State has been recruiting me since November. New Mexico and Ole Miss have been on me for a while."
Having already officially visited two schools, New Mexico and Southeast Missouri, Odell now has to figure out what other three schools he will officially visit.
Odell said he will probably visit, "Ole Miss, Baylor and Clemson. I will visit Ole Miss January 11th."
Although he doesn't have Mississippi State tentatively scheduled as one of his official visits, he does have some interest in them and could possibly visit them.
"The program is pretty good," Odell said. "The graduation rate is pretty good for athletes. That is the main thing for me, getting my degree. I am majoring in computer science. Mississippi State, Oregon State and one other school is used to dealing with juco transfers. That is kind of a boost on their part. I still have a visit left over if I don't take the Baylor visit. I may try to get Mississippi State in there. They weren't really after me in high school. I'm not really sure how they feel about me."
Although he sounded somewhat positive about Mississippi State, he also mentioned that, "I've said that if I stay in-state it will be Ole Miss."
When asked what he liked about Ole Miss, he said, "they knew a little bit about me in high school and they have been recruiting me for a long time. I like the program, so far. Some of the coaches are really cool. I feel they have a chance, in the next two years, to get a SEC championship and a national title."
His response when asked which schools he was most interested in was, "Ole Miss and New Mexico right now."
With scholarship offers from Baylor, Ole Miss, New Mexico and Mississippi State already on the table, Odell, a resident of the small Hermanville, Mississippi community, now has to make the final decision of which school he will sign with in February.
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