PreSeason Check-In: LB Quillie Odom

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Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA) had a strong season last year, finishing with an 8-2 record, but Quillie Odom and the rest of his teammates are hungry for more. The star linebacker recruit, a Virginia Tech commitment, is looking to help his team make the playoffs this year.

“I can’t wait,” Odom said of the start of his senior season. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since the off-season began. We ended on a bad note by not making the playoffs last year, so I’m really looking forward to this season.”

Odom played last season with a broken thumb, an injury that caused him to miss the first two games. Right now, he’s healthy and “I’m feeling great,” Odom said. “I just feel re-energized and I can just get back and get some interceptions this year. Right now, I’m 6-2, 210 pounds. It’s big. And I feel like I’ve kept my speed, which is the biggest thing. I feel like I can take on bigger guys and I can get through the line faster.”

In eight games in 2005, Odom racked up 72 tackles in total. In addition to getting bigger and stronger, he feels he’s improved in other areas as well.

“Field awareness and strength,” Odom noted as the areas he feels most improved in. “I think I really improved my whole technique. I’ve really practiced working on my technique and my footwork and my whole mental part of the game.”

There is a possibility that Odom will see time on both sides of the ball this year, but defense will be his primary focus.

“I’ll probably mostly be playing defense and middle linebacker,” Odom said. “I might be on the outside a little. I’ll maybe play a little running back because we’ve had a few injuries there, so I could see some time at running back this year.”

Others to watch…

Odom gave the scoop on some other players to watch out for on Osbourn Park.

“We have another guy – [senior] Keenan Bratton – and he’s being recruited pretty heavily around here and by Virginia Tech. He plays safety and also wide receiver. He’s a big key to our success. Also, there is [senior] Jimmil Moore. He’s a running back who played linebacker last year. There’s also [senior] Bobby Winstead, who plays cornerback for us, who has great size at 6-2 and has long arms. [Junior] Aaron Lee made a great appearance last year and he is our starting quarterback this year.”