Odom updates recruitment

One player to keep an eye on this season is Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.) High School running back Demetrius Odom. Wake Forest offered the 6-foot, 190-pound prospect back in the spring, but he has yet to take an unofficial visit and is hoping to hear more from the Demon Deacons coaching staff.

"Since I was offered March 30th I've talked to [Wake Forest] a couple of times," said Demetrius Odom. "They said they liked my size, speed, and change of direction. They thought I be a good fit in their offense. It's a college known for both football and academics. I'd like to learn more about them."

Odom has a wide range of offers totaling 11. His BCS offers include Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, UAB, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. He also holds offers from South Carolina State, North Carolina A&T, Georgia Southern, Charleston Southern, and Western Carolina.

"When I was being recruited in the spring," Odom said, "I thought I would make an early decision. Now I think I'm going to take my time and wait until after the season. Right now I'm hearing the most from South Carolina State and West Virginia. I've only been on one visit to Clemson, but I'm going to my teammate, Nicholas Halmon, to UNC Charlotte this weekend."

Originally from the Atlanta area, Odom played at Heritage (Ga.) High School in Conyers as a freshman. After missing his sophomore due to moving, Odom came up big for the Red Raiders rushing for 1412 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. He feels like he'll be even a better all-around back as a senior.

"I've improved at catching the ball out of the backfield," he said. "I'm keeping my body lower when I'm running with the ball. I'm trying to be the number one running back in the state and help my team win a championship."

At a VTO Sports combine in South Carolina, Odom put in his best 40-yard dash time of 4.54. He worked on further improving his speed with the track team in the 4 by 1 relay, and 100 and 200 meter sprints. Odom reports a 2.9 GPA going into his senior year. He wears No. 28 for the Red Raiders who begin their season with Orangeburg-Wilkinson at home.

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