Or maybe they call it the love of the game or the juice for the position. Whatever you call it, Reggie has it and he's only being himself if everyone sees it as well. "You got to be you out there and I have fun and I get into the game," Reggie said. "If I dominate, I do it because I am into it like nobody else and I just refuse to give up until I'm causing some havoc on the field."
Well, Odom has done that, his film a clear illustration of the mayhem he brings to the table. As Reggie has been prone to do, though, he gives credit not to his own work ethic and all that, but to the person that made his work ethic what it is. "What I do is called the "Coach Fabrizio" work out," Odom said of his head coach's strength and conditioning program. "You do that and make it through all of that, you've done something."
"That's what has made me so powerful at the line and just basically real hard to stop. That's why I am what I am right now."
Odom is what he is, but even as a freshman, he wasn't anything to sneeze at. In fact, I asked this biggun how many times he had actually been taken off of his feet and he paused a bit, paused a little more, then saying: "Two".
Two times, both etched in his memory, because it's that rare of a thing; once as a freshman and once this last spring.
Who or what could have taken this monster off of his feet at the prime of his high school career?
"One of our guys false-started," Reggie said. "He was way over the line, so I just dropped to a knee and was already thinking about the next play. Well, they didn't blow the whistle and here come this guard and center, both just hammering me on the ground."
"I learned my lesson there, because you can bet that won't happen again. From now on, I'm not stopping until someone blows that whistle damn near in my ear."
Odom isn't hearing whistles right now, but there's plenty of coaches in his ear nowadays. The offers rolling, the count continuing to climb, Reggie said that he's sitting on almost twenty written ships.
It's just part of the reason why he no longer looks at recruiting as this monster of sorts, wondering just what it will be like, curious about his potential opportunities. He's got those, so now he's taking everything in stride.
"It's great and a real blessing to have those offers and know that no matter what, my future is there for me," Reggie said. "What I have to do now is work to do the best I can, because offers can leave just as quickly as they arrived."
"You stop doing what you got there, you'll start going the other way."
That's what happens to the players in front of the 6 foot, 2 inch, 295 miniature bull during any game of the year. They start in the right spot, but eventually end up not exactly where the play was drawn up for them to be. That's the first, last and only part of Reggie's plan, because you are simply in his way.
"I've got to move you, the guy next to you and whoever is coming behind you, because you are in front of where I need to be," Reggie said. "And my coach doesn't like it when we don't do our jobs and nobody is yelling at me."
"So, you got to get out of my way and even if you don't want to, you are going to anyway."
When Odom isn't parting the sea of offensive linemen, he's being courted by some of the best teams around looking for the better defensive linemen around. And for you Husker fans, Nebraska just happens to be one of those looking the hardest. "Yeah, I am really starting to like Nebraska," Reggie said. "I remember when I got to meet the coach, I just went up to him and before I even got there, he looked over, smiled and said ‘Now, you HAVE to be Reggie Odom'."
"I just smiled and we talked for a long time about Nebraska's tradition, running out of the tunnel, just everything about that place. It's definitely a place I am interested in right now."
Odom will temper that somewhat by saying that he's interested in a ton of other schools, nobody officially being declared a favorite. But, the Huskers do supply something that he likes to see in abundance a no, it's not edible. "You get the real stuff from those guys, the truth, none of that other stuff," Reggie said. "They talk about life, they talk about you; they actually care what your grades are like."
"You have to be real, because this isn't just a school I am choosing but a life, because that's a good chunk of it I am going to be spending there."
Reggie said that he's still open as far as unofficial visits over the summer. And, he wouldn't commit to saying whether or not there's any favorites as to where his official visits might go. The borders of the state do not shackle him, though, so he's looking from his coast to the other.
"Anywhere, anytime, anyplace; I don't care," Reggie said. "If it fits me, my personality, what I want to do from a football standpoint and what I want to do in school, if I get along with the coaches and I know I can believe them and trust me, that's the place for me."
"I don't know where that is right now, but I will. It will just take some time to figure out."