Pinnix-Odrick Goes In-Depth on Commitment

Montclair (Montclair, N.J.) defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick verbally committed to Rutgers today after spending much of Saturday on-campus for the 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout. The three-star defensive lineman spoke with about his decision after it became final today ...

The timeline was shocking to Julian Pinnix-Odrick, who verbally committed to Rutgers today, but he said he knows he made the right decision.

"I honestly didn't expect it to happen this fast," he said. "I'm still nervous because this is a big decision and I wasn't planning on making it this early. But from talking with coaches, it just felt right. This is the best fit for me. It's definitely exciting."

Pinnix-Odrick listed Rutgers and Penn State as his co-leaders for months, but said he chose the former for a multitude of reasons.

"It's everything about Rutgers," he said. "It's the perfect place. I love the values of the program. They've built the foundation to be successful. I think I can be successful there and I'm ready to help. Everything there is great."

Pinnix-Odrick plays on both sides of the line for Montclair, but his older brother, Jared Odrick, became a first-round draft pick after starring at Penn State. Pinnix Odrick said, however, that he felt more comfortable at Rutgers.

"It's a great proximity to home," he said. "It's not too far that I can go home or see my family, but it's not too close like I won't have the real college experience."

In June, Pinnix-Odrick was on-campus twice for both the Big Man Academy and the 7-on-7 and he said he loved every minute of being in Piscataway.

"It's great to be here every time I come," he said during the 7-on-7. "I definitely enjoy myself every time I'm here. I'm going to take advantage of my time out here with the coaching staff."

During the Big Man Academy, Pinnix-Odrick did not participate in drills but spent more than an hour with the coaching staff and said that time was the turning point in his commitment.

"I had great talks with [defensive line coach Phil Galiano], Coach [Greg] Schiano and [defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley]," he said. "We talked about how I would fit into their defense. It's more than football with them. We just talked about being comfortable and talked about life and everything like that."

The coaching staff told him he fits best as a defensive end at the "R" position. Pinnix-Odrick broke down how he envisioned himself fitting into the defense.

"I'm going to be in a backside position and more of a pass-rusher also," he said. "The defense they run, they run a lot of zone blitz and drop ends back sometimes. They always want more pass-rushers and that's what they saw me as.

"I like it. I like to be able to drop back and catch a couple of passes if possible. It's a great position. Coach Galiano told me all about it. He told me about their defense and we just talked about where I fit."

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