Oklahoma State made a pitch to Charlie Kolar but in the end Norman North tight end stayed with his long-term commitment to Iowa State. But one prospect's decision can be another prospect's opportunity. That is what it added up to for Wynnewood (Okla.) High School tight end and defensive end Baron Odom.
The 6-4, 220-pound Odom had been committed for some time to Rice, but in his Twitter announcement late Monday night he thanked the Rice coaches including head coach David Bailiff but said he was excited to accept the scholarship offer and stay closer to home at Oklahoma State.
Odom knows Oklahoma State well as he has been to camps in Stillwater and to quite a few games. He can count those trips to Stillwater, especially for the camps, as a huge factor in that Oklahoma State's staff knew a lot about him and likely made him an easy choice late. He was a known factor.
As a senior, Odom had 15 receptions for 396 yards and seven touchdowns on offense while on defense he had 53 tackles, 28 of those unassisted. He also had seven tackles for loss, six sacks, an interception, a fumble caused, and a blocked kick. He was truly a two-way player.
As a junior, he had 16 catches for 407 yards and five touchdowns and as a sophomore he had a career-high 19 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown as a junior for 18 career touchdowns. His other career offensive numbers are 50 receptions for 1,191 yards.
He is big, rangy, athletic, and his biggest early development at Oklahoma State will be in the weight room with Rob Glass and his staff as he fills out and develops his body for duty at the Cowboy back position. He is the 23rd player that is either an early enrollee, junior college signee, or signing day signee.