Assignment For Odoms

Martavious Odoms doesn't watch much football. The Pahokee (Fla.) high star receiver isn't really knowledgeable about the who's who of the college football world. When asked about Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, Odoms said he's seen him on television a few times. Well that familiar face offered him a scholarship on Wednesday afternoon, and also gave him an assignment.

"He's coached a lot of good receivers in his career, and he told me to look up some of the players he's coached and he'll call me and see if I did that," Odoms said. "I'm going to do it (today).

"I know a little bit about (Jeff) Samardzija," Odoms said.

Martavious Odoms keeps his cell phone on vibrate during school hours. Enjoying lunch outside, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound playmaker felt a buzz in his pocket, a call from head coach Leroy Foster saying come to his office. A few of Odoms teammates were hanging around Foster's office, and as soon as he came in they were blurting out Notre Dame called.

Odoms called back and talked to Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee first.

"He was talking about Pahokee, and how hot it is in Florida because he had been down here," Odoms said. "Then he said the head coach wants to talk to you."

Next thing Odoms knew, he was talking with Weis and getting his first scholarship offer.

"I was surprised because I hadn't had much contact with them," Odoms said. A three-year starter, he had 923 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns, helping Pahokee to it's third state title in four years. "He said he was looking at my film and he liked it. When he was looking at the film, he said I caught his eye.

"He was telling me about what a great education I could get at Notre Dame."

Weis and Notre Dame have had their eye on Pahokee for awhile. Foster said that he was told they are very interested in defensive tackle Micanor Regis. Safety Janoris Jenkins is also on the mailing list.

Odoms was the first player to take part in spring practice at Pahokee prior to his ninth grade season, since NFL Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin. A starter on the varsity that fall, he had 608 yards receiving and eight touchdowns for the 2-A state champions.

As a sophomore, Odoms and his 4.45 40-yard dash speed had 1,150 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.

Odoms, who hasn't been to any college campuses yet, says he'd like to see Notre Dame's. He also said he doesn't have any favorite schools yet.

"I think the next time we talk, they will try and talk about setting up some kind of visit," Odoms said. "This time, they just offered me a scholarship, and said they wanted me to come to their school."

Odoms is going to get that a lot in the next few months. Distance isn't an issue.

"I don't care where I go for school," he stated. "I just want to get a good education and a nice ole' degree."

Odoms said he could bench press 185 pounds 16 times, and has a 2.67 GPA. The homework Weis gave him won't help or hurt his academic standing. Top Stories