Now, one of North Jersey's top lineman in the 2012 class is well-versed in the Scarlet Knights program. Much of his knowledge came from taking in a practice early in the season and then attending junior day last month.
The junior day left quite an impression.
"It was an eye opener about how they're doing academically and every coach is personable," Pinnix-Odrick said. "The dean (Carl Kirschner) was speaking a little bit and everything fit into everything. It didn't feel like it was all over the place.
"It wasn't to persuade you. It was more informative to let everyone know what they're like. Football is going to come but they told us from an education standpoint. I believe in a lot of things they were saying, that I couldn't think of anything else to ask."
During his visit to Rutgers, Pinnix-Odrick was able to reach a comfort level.
"It was real good, nice presentation," Pinnix-Odrick said. "It was the individual coaches and speakers. It covered the whole program, not just football. The factilies, education, campus. It was very informative.
"I got to speak with a few of the coaches, and it was real fun. Everyone was real personable and they worried about how you are doing."
One of the more popular things of the junior day experience is a question and answer segment with players, and that also stayed in Pinnix-Odrick's mind.
"They were asking questions about majors and how they felt incoming freshmen were accepted into the program, and what drew them into the program," he said. "I felt they gave real honest answers."