RECRUITING: OU still on Pennslyvania DL's list

Lebanon, Pa. defensive lineman Jared Odrick talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


Jared Odrick is one of the most respected and versatile linemen in the country. Odrick, who was once thought to be an offensive lineman in college, is now being recruited on both sides of the ball.

"I tried to tell coaches at the first of the year that I was a defensive lineman and that I was really a better defensive lineman than offense," said Odrick. "I think some coaches saw some early film, or just some film on offense or something, and then labeled me an offensive lineman not knowing that I play on the defensive side of the ball just as well if not better. I don't think I play on defense more than offense, but I think my best position is on defense. Then at the combines and camps, I played more on defense and coaches started to see me more over there and now I think people realize that I am a better defensive player."

Odrick started at offensive tackle and defensive end his freshman year. His sophomore year, he started five games at middle linebacker and five at defensive end. On offense, he played left tackle a few plays at tight end. Last year Odrick played two games at middle linebacker and the rest at defensive end, while playing tight end all year.

"I have always played wherever they need me to play," said Odrick. "I think I will play both defensive end and offensive tackle this season."

Odrick finished last season with 75 tackles, eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Odrick also had 60 pancake blocks on offense.

He can bench 310 pounds, squats 530 and he has posted a 27-inch vertical jump. Odrick started in hoops his sophomore year and averaged 13 points per game. He gave up the game last year, but has decided to go back this year. He also throws the shot (53'6) in track.

Odrick has been offered by 40 schools at this point, but he is working to narrow that list down.

"I have narrowed it down to 10 or 15," said Odrick. "I am looking at Florida, Penn State, Minnesota, Miami, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and USC. I am looking all over and I am not afraid to leave home."

What is it that he likes about Oklahoma?

"I have had some conversations with the D-line coach (Jackie Shipp). I was hoping to get out there this summer, but I am not sure I can do that," said Odrick. "So, I might go to Oklahoma as one of my official visits because I can't get out there this summer. I am going to try to get to as many schools as I can this summer. I hope to see Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. I am going to Auburn with my basketball team this weekend, and I hope to see the football coaches and see the facilities then. I think I am also going to make it out to see Virginia and Virginia Tech, and maybe I can get out and see the Florida schools as well.

What is it specifically he likes about the Sooners?

"Oklahoma has been a top notch contending program every year and their production of great defensive players has been incredible. They are just a program that I am interested in."

Odrick has qualified.

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