Dare Odeyingbo: Coach Profile

VandyMania.com spoke with Cistercian's High School's head football coach, Steven McCarthy, who has coached Vanderbilt's most recent commitment, Dare Odeyingbo, since he was a freshman at the Irving, Texas. McCathy says it was during that freshman season of 2010 that Odeyingbo showed his brilliance that would lead to a host of D-1 offers before ultimately choosing Vanderbilt.

"The thing about Dare is he had become our all-time leading rusher at Cistercian," McCarthy said. "We play Dare at tailback, defensive end, and linebacker. As a freshman we were very pleased with him as a player and were planning on having him split time with a junior at running back. The junior blew out his knee on the first carry of the game, and Dare came in and rushed for 300 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns. He's never looked back. In three years, he has rushed for 4500 yards.

"Dare is a dynamic playmaker and a difference-maker. Defenses run away from him and offensively he has a combination of great size and speed. We had a rough night in our season opener but he still had over 100 yards on 12-13 carries. Out of our 171 snaps he played 160 of them. He's just a kid with a great motor that;s always going."

McCarthy shares a special relationship with Odeyingbo at Cistercian having been his coach for the last three seasons. He said a big reason for his commitment to Vanderbilt was the relationship he saw building with Derek Mason.

"Dare and I had a long conversation about why he chose Vanderbilt and he said that he was really impressed with Coach Mason during the time they had spent together," McCarthy stated. "I think he'll do very well when he gets there. We're talking about a kid with a 2050 SAT. Before last year he was a three-sport athlete who was never in the weight room during the off-season. This was his first year staying with it all the way through and he hit all of his max numbers. He's still got a lot of baby fat on him. At Vanderbilt, he'll take that off and bulk up to a 250-260 pound linebacker. If you combine that with a 4.6 forty, a non-stop motor, and his football smarts, I think do just fine in the SEC.

"Off-the-field, Dare is very easygoing. You would never know he's something with a ton of D-1 offers and the school's record-setter by the way he carries himself. All the kids here really love him. It's just an easy-going, lovable guy."

Coach McCarthy and Odeyingbo take on John Paul II out of Plano on Friday night. The Hawks fell to 0-1 in the season opener to St. Mark's of Dallas.

Out of his offers, Odeyingbo selected Vanderbilt, Missouri and Wisconsin as his three finalists.

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