Pinnix-Odrick Awaits Official Visit

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick verbally committed to Rutgers over Penn State last summer and helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season. With his high school career complete, Pinnix-Odrick spoke with about preparing for college and his weekend official visit.

Family was a major selling point for Julian Pinnix-Odrick verbally committed to Rutgers. The relationships with head coach Greg Schiano, recruiting coach Jeff Hafley and the rest of the staff put his home-state school over the top of his double-digit scholarship offers.

Taking his official visit to Rutgers this weekend, Pinnix-Odrick said he hopes to build relationships with his future teammates like the ones he already has with his coaches.

"I'm still getting my head around the idea that Rutgers is the place I'm going to be for the next four years," Pinnix-Odrick said. "I'm excited about it, but this weekend is the time to really get ready for it. It's going to be my home. I just hope to have a big impact up there. It's going to be fun."

Rutgers graduated multiple defensive linemen this season, opening opportunities for the younger players on the roster and any incoming freshman. Pinnix-Odrick, who expects to come in at the "R" defensive end position, remains the only committed defensive lineman with two weeks to go until National Signing Day.

Pinnix-Odrick did not have opportunities to visit Rutgers for games this season because of the Montclair football schedule, but watched as many games as he could on television.

I can't wait to be on that defense," Pinnix-Odrick said. "They've been doing great things on the field and I can't wait to be a part of that defensive line. The coaches are excellent and the players are as well, and they're going to show me how to be great, so that I can contribute in any way I can to the team.

Rutgers is kind of under-valued on the national stage and I'm looking forward to changing that. I just can't wait to get there and be a part of that defense and do big things."

Pinnix-Odrick said he knows some of the committed players and current Scarlet Knights, but hopes to strengthen his relationships this weekend.

"You're going from one family to another," he said. "I look at my teammates now and I think about the relationships I have with them and I just hope it's going to be something like that. These guys are going to become my family and it's time to really get to know them."

In college, Pinnix-Odrick already has a game circled on his schedule —Temple in 2015, where high-school teammates Khalif Herbin, Stephaun Marshall and Avery Ellis are verbally committed.

"When my coach told me Khalif committed to Temple, I just lit up," Pinnix-Odrick said. "I know how hard that guys has worked. I think he deserves to be there and will be a star. He's my boy. Before anybody else knew what he could do, we found out in the parking lot and playing street ball and things like that. I already tell him every day to be ready for that Rutgers, Temple game because I know I'll be."

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