6-5, 300-pound Jared Odrick has always been the biggest kid on the block. But he’s always been the fastest as well, and it’s his package of size, speed and agility that have earned him a 4-star rating by both National recruiting services and interest from schools all across the country.
“Ever since I was younger, I’ve always been bigger,” Odrick said. “When I was in elementary school, I was the fattest kid but I was also the fastest. I’ve always been the tallest and the biggest.”
Odrick, who totaled 72 tackles including nine tackles-for-loss and five sacks last season as a junior, plays defensive end for Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
“For my size, I think I move very well,” Odrick said. “I move well laterally. I can come off the ball quickly. I can do the same things that smaller, quicker players can do. I like to rush the passer. I take pride in rushing the passer and I make sure, when the opposing team runs to my side, that I move side to side well to stop the play.”
While schools from all across the country have offered scholarships, Odrick has narrowed his list to just five – Georgia, Florida, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is now in the midst of making official visits to each of these programs.
“I took my first official visit to Florida and I took one this past week to Virginia Tech,” Odrick said. “I have nothing scheduled this weekend. Next weekend, I’m going on an unofficial visit to the Penn State/Ohio State game. I’m missing homecoming for that. Then I have an official visit to Penn State for the Purdue game [on October 29th], then an official visit to Georgia for the Auburn game [on November 12th] and then I’ll take an official visit to Virginia for the Virginia Tech game [on November 19th]. I also plan on fitting two more unofficial visits in – one to UVa and one to Virginia Tech.”
Both official visit experiences went well.
“Florida was great,” Odrick said. “It was a great crowd. It’s a great situation. The coaches and I are on the same level. They understand what my goals are and what I want to do when I get down there. I had a great time. The stadium was crazy there.
“Virginia Tech was a great visit. I didn’t expect that type of support. The fans were coming up to me and saying they’ve read about me and know me.”
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