Montclair DE Talks Two Leaders

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Before suiting up for the NIKE camp at Rutgers Stadium Sunday, Montclair High School defensive lineman and three-star recruit Julian Pinnix-Odrick went one-on-one with to discuss his two favorites and what stands out about Rutgers ...

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- In the recruiting game, honest can be hard to come by. For Montclair High School defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick, honesty from the Rutgers coaching staff has been one of his favorite parts of being a Division I recruit.

"When Coach Schiano and I talk, it isn't always about football," Pinnix-Odrick said. "He said he wants to get to know me as a person, so he can tell if I fit here. He's honest like that. He wants to make sure I go to a school that is the right fit for me and that's something I really appreciate.

"We talk a lot about life. He's really an honest guy and that's great and very refreshing. In recruiting, you tend to hear a lot of fake stuff, but that's not what it's like with Schiano. He's honest and sincere."

Pinnix-Odrick, who worked as a defensive end at the NIKE camp, was happy to make another trip to Rutgers Stadium to see the facilities and work with the top talent in the area.

"Rutgers has a great environment and a real home-feel," Pinnix-Odrick said. "You can tell that Coach Schiano really cares about his players and wants them to succeed in life."

That's what makes Rutgers Pinnix-Odrick's co-leader along with Penn State. He has six total offers, the other four coming from Maryland, Marshall, Boston College and Illinois.

"My favorites are definitely Penn State and Rutgers right now," he said. "At Penn State, you've got Coach [Larry] Johnson and from what I've heard, he's great. He has a great reputation of coaching people well and getting them into the league, which is the ultimate goal."

Penn State also has the special connection of sending his half brother, Jared Odrick, to the NFL in the first round in 2010.

Pinnix-Odrick said most schools are talking to the 6-foot-5, 265 pounder as a defensive end, but he has also talked about defensive tackle and offensive line.

"It's really the same old story in recruiting right now," he said. "It's the same offers. I'm still hearing from all the same schools and it's going kind of slow right now. I think it's going to pick up soon though."

Pinnix-Odrick said he has no time-table on making a commitment and has not decided on camps for the summer.

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