Odrick: An "Amazing" Visit

Lebanon star defensive lineman soaked up the atmosphere in Happy Valley Satuday.

Back to Happy Valley for his second unofficial visit to Penn State in just over a month, Jared Odrick, a four-star defensive lineman from Lebanon High in Lebanon, Pa., took in the weekend’s atmosphere with an A-list of the nation’s top high school football talent as No. 16 Penn State upset No. 6 Ohio State. With almost 110,000 fans in attendance, a “Whiteout” in the student section, dozens of tents set up at Paternoville and ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasting live outside Beaver Stadium, Odrick said he had a lot to take in.

“It was something else, it was amazing,” Odrick said. “I’ve been up to Penn State a couple of times. College GameDay can add some excitement. The fact they won that was unbelievable.”

After an unofficial visit to University park earlier this season, Odrick said in an interview with FightOnState.com that he wanted to see how Penn State performed against some of the nation’s top opponents. Did the Nittany Lions’ win over Ohio State prove to Odrick that Penn State can compete against the top-tier college football programs?

“Definitely,” Odrick said. “Just beating two big-time teams, and now becoming one. It’s something that I’m definitely looking at. It shows me that they’re a team I could definitely play for.”

Specifically, Odrick mentioned the warm welcome he received from the student section before the start of the game.

“It was the most ridiculous thing,” Odrick said. “Coach [Mike] McQueary took me, [Penn State verbal commitment Tom] McEowen, Antonio Logan-El and Aaron Maybin over to the student section when they were waiting to get in. He took us to the balcony and the whole student section all looked up and yelled all our names and yelled that they wanted us to come to Penn State.”

Odrick said that the reception he received from the student section and many of the fans plays an important part in his decision.

“Well, you know that a lot of people already know you and people want you to be there and are going to support you,” Odrick said. “Penn State has had support all through the rough times and especially now that things are on the up and up.”

Odrick specifically stated that he did not commit to Penn State during his official visit and that intends to make all of his remaining scheduled official visits: to Virginia (11/18), Georgia (11/11) and Penn State (10/28).

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