Virginia Tech has picked up verbal commitment #1 for the 2007 football recruiting class, and it comes from a linebacker prospect out of Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia.
Quillie Odom , a 6-1, 200-pound prospect, is the first player to pledge to Tech’s 2007 class.
“He had a lot of schools coming in such as Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland, Marshall and JMU, so he was being recruited by a lot of different people,” Osbourn Park head coach Brian Beaty said. “I know Tech was one of the schools on the top of his list. I had a chance to send a tape to them and he’s been in communication with them. I guess he was pretty impressed with them because he committed.”
Beaty says “I think some others offered” as well, but wasn’t sure which other programs had extended official offers.
Primarily a defensive player, Odom played middle linebacker last season as a junior and will play the same position his senior year. He played defensive end in his sophomore season. Odom is a good athlete who plays basketball as well as football.
“He did a great job his junior season,” Beaty said. “He was an all-district performer and an all-region performer. He basically runs the middle of our defense and did a great job running it. He runs all over the field. He broke a bone in one of his arms early in the year, so he played with a cast most of the season. I just can’t say enough about him. He was great for us last year.”
According to Beaty, the Tech coaches (led by primary recruiter Torrian Gray) have indicated that they like Odom’s “speed and quickness. They like how he runs to the ball and I believe they’ve talked about playing him at outside linebacker.”
Academically, Odom is “doing well” according to his coach.
Odom is being projected by Virginia Tech as an outside linebacker. I haven’t seen film yet, but the coaches indicated to coach Beaty that they liked his speed and quickness.
Tech likes to try and land around 2-3 linebackers in each class. This class is no different, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hokies go for 3-4 total. Odom seems to fit the mold of a speedy linebacker VT likes to use, so this appears to be a solid initial get in recruiting the linebacker...
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