Pinnix-Odrick Visits Syracuse

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick verbally committed to Rutgers over the summer but is now taking visits in the wake of Greg Schiano's departure from the program. Pinnix-Odrick officially visited Syracuse this weekend and updated his status with National Signing Day three days away.

Montclair (N.J.) three-star defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick officially visited Syracuse this weekend after former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano resigned his position to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pinnix-Odrick verbally committed to Rutgers six months ago, but will keep his options open, he said.

"I don't think I'll end up deciding before Signing Day," he said.

Pinnix-Odrick expects to visit Michigan State next weekend. On Rutgers, Pinnix-Odrick said he would not sign with the Scarlet Knights until the coaching situation is resolved.

Immediately after the Schiano news broke Thursday morning, more than 10 schools reached out to Pinnix-Odrick to gauge his reaction and re-open recruitment. Pinnix-Odrick was in the car 24 hours later to take his official visit to Syracuse and meet coach Doug Marrone, now the most tenured coach in the Big East.

"It was great," he said. "I really did have a lot of fun and I think that the university, academic wise, has so much to offer. There's a great football program there as well. I really enjoyed it. I liked it a lot."

Syracuse marked Pinnix-Odrick's second official visit. While on the visit, he received a tour of the academic facilities, met with coaches and current players and took in the Orange basketball game against West Virginia.

"It was exciting," Pinnix-Odrick said. "They're the top basketball program in the country and to see a game from there was great. It's something that really makes the university great and I liked it."

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