"I'm feeling really good about it and feeling good that the whole recruiting process is over," said Rod Odom after signing with Vanderbilt. Odom originally committed to Arizona in early October but later that month he switched to Vanderbilt citing the importance academics. Now that recruiting is over Odom said he could prepare for his high school's season as well as his first year of college ball.
Odom signed his National Letter of Intent at the prestigious Middlesex School in a ceremony that included his parents, who traveled from Bellport, N.Y. After signing, Odom called Vanderbilt assistant coach Dan Muller who Odom said was excited to hear that he had signed.
After gaining 5-star prospect John Jenkins in the 2009 class and several heralded prospects in the 2008 class, Odom continues the Vanderbilt pipeline for future success. The talented forward averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as a junior and was ranked the No. 77 prospect nationally by ESPN.com. Odom attributes his wide range of skills for a person his size as his key to his success, "I feel like I'm a unique player because a lot of players my height aren't as skilled as me."
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings expects Odom to leave his mark on Commodore basketball just as some past stars have, "He's got unique size and skill at 6'9. He handles the ball like a guard, he shoots the ball very well, and he's a good passer. He'll be another one of those forwards we've had in the past in the Derrick Byars, Dan Langhi, or Matt Freije-type mold."
Odom is one of three players who signed with Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Guard Kyle Fuller and center Josh Henderson also signed with the Commodores.
Odom happy recruiting is over
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