The following information was revealed during our interview with Derrick Odom:
Tell us about how your season is going. "Everything has been going fine. We got our first win on Friday. That felt real good. We are coming out of a little slump We lost two heartbreakers to open the season."
Give us a game by game blow. "We played Jackson Murrah and lost in overtime (40-37) in our first game. I had 15 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 pass deflection that a teammate picked off and brought it back to the house. I also had a two point conversion. We lost though. That was the main thing. In our second game, we played Jim Jill. I had 14 tackles, 1 sack, and I deflected a ball to the same teammate. He picked it off again. We had them 7-7 until there was 10 seconds left on the clock. They scored on a 40 yard pass. We had a blitz called and there was no safety help. It was a heart breaker, man, just bad. I did not sleep for a week after that game. I still burn thinking about it. But this past Friday, we finally broke through and beat Indianola Gentry 23-20. I told you last week that we were going to win the game. There was no way I was going to let us lose the game. I had 15 tackles, 3 for losses, 1 sack, and another two point conversion. My sack was on a key 4th down play at the end of the game. It felt really good to come through."
What improvements have you seen in your game? "Everything. The main thing is my timing and seeing the plays develop on offense. The camps this summer really helped me with my coverage techniques. I am more aggressive now. I am a lot faster than I was last year too. My speed has really improved."
Who was the first school to call you during the September contact period? "Coach Orgeron called me like at 7:00 am in the morning."
Which colleges are keeping
in weekly phone contact with you? "Weekly, Ole Miss, USM, MSU, LSU, Auburn,
Alabama, Nebraska, Iowa State, Jackson State, and Tennessee."
Any new offers on the table? "No sir, the same four (Ole Miss, USM, Iowa State, and LSU)."
Which school will offer you next, in your opinion. "I just started talking to a lot more people in the last month. I have been talking to Alabama a lot lately, as much as anyone, but nobody is in the lead. They may be on the verge of offering me. I am not sure. I have got to go down to their campus and check things out."
Which school is coming after you the hardest? "I talk to everybody on the phone the same. Mail wise, at first it was Ole Miss and LSU, but now it is Ole Miss, LSU, USM, Alabama, and Auburn. Alabama has come on a lot, I mean a lot. And Nebraska too."
Which schools will you take an official visit with? "The four schools that offered me and maybe Alabama. But I plan on going to Alabama next weekend to see them play Florida."
Anymore games on tap? "I was suppose to go to Ole Miss this past Saturday, but my ride could not go at the last minute. I will definitely go see them play soon. I am going to go to those two (Ole Miss and Alabama) for sure. I just need to get everybody's schedule."
Who are your top schools right now? "The same four schools who have offered me and Alabama. But I am still open, so I am not counting anybody out yet."
Derrick carries a 2.7 GPA and a 17 on the ACT.