6-6, 300-pound defensive end Jared Odrick made his way to Charlottesville this past weekend and, despite the loss to Virginia Tech, enjoyed his UVa official visit experience. The 4-star prospect had visited UVa several times before and developed great relationships – relationships which helped him feel very comfortable throughout the weekend.
“I’d probably have to say just getting along with the people there – the coaching staff, the players – I know everybody so well,” Odrick replied when asked what the highlight of the weekend was for him.
Odrick was hosted on Friday night by freshman quarterback Jameel Sewell and on Saturday night by sophomore defensive end Chris Long. Before this weekend, he noted how good of a relationship he had developed with Long. Odrick seems to have gotten along with the rest of the players as well.
“It was great,” Odrick said. “I always have a good time at UVa. I always get along with the guys real good and that’s one of the things that attracted me to that program. The people there are great people and I can mesh with them.”
Overall, how did he rate the visit on a scale of 1-10?
“I’d probably have to say an 8,” Odrick said. “It would have helped a whole lot better maybe if they had won the game, but you know it’s almost good I saw them lose because I got to see them in two different lights. The people were still who they were after a loss. They weren’t acting different with you or anything like that. I liked the way Coach Groh handled the players after the game, because all the seniors and the people out there were playing real hard and things just didn’t go their way or they couldn’t execute the right way. But, they were still giving it their all.”
Odrick said the loss didn’t have an effect on his final decision.
“It’s more the overall program,” Odrick said. “One game doesn’t decide whether the trip was real good or real bad. It’s not like ‘well, they lost so I’m not going to go there’. It’s not anything like that at all.”
Virginia, led by primary recruiter Bob Price, is recruiting Odrick to play defensive end in its 3-4 defensive scheme. The Lebanon (PA) standout gave his thoughts on UVa’s defense and the position he would play.
“I’m a bigger defensive end and that’s what they’re looking for right now,” Odrick said. “The way that Coach Groh explained his scheme and the way Coach Belin said they were going to use me is very interesting and intriguing.”
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