Weekend Visitor: LB Commit Quillie Odom

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Quillie Odom played most of his junior season with a broken thumb, but was still able to rack up over 70 tackles en route to earning all-district and all-region honors for his performance. The 2006 season was an injury-free one for the Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA) senior who, despite not knowing his exact statistics, felt his game progressed from the previous year.

“I played pretty good,” Odom recalled of this past season. He played middle linebacker and, at times, running back for Osbourn Park (5-5). “I played in every game except one. I had strep throat then. At linebacker I improved on my reads and my techniques, so I think I’m pretty much ready to get to Virginia Tech.”

Playing his senior season at 6-1 ½, 210 pounds, Odom had bulked up a bit from last season (when he was listed at 6-1, 200 pounds). He improved on his already obvious overall athleticism, saying “I was quicker than I was last year.”

The first recruit to commit for Virginia Tech’s 2007 class, Odom made his decision on the final day of the May evaluation period. He has never wavered from his decision.

“I’ve never doubted it,” Odom said.

Odom’s relationship with recruiting coach Torrian Gray has been strong throughout.

“I feel like I can talk to him about anything,” Odom said of Coach Gray. “I’m really excited about the weightlifting and nutrition program he’s going to give me. I’m looking forward to using that to prepare to get to Virginia Tech.”

This weekend, Odom will make his official visit to Virginia Tech. He has already seen his future team in person this season, as he traveled in for the Georgia Tech game.

“The atmosphere was great,” Odom said of his earlier experience at Lane Stadium. “The crowd is hyped. The players feed off the crowd and that suits me. I can see myself in that atmosphere, feeding off of it.”

He is certainly looking forward to returning today. Fellow commit Josh Oglesby and uncommitted four-star defensive end Tony Tucker will be making their official visits as well.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the coaches on an individual basis,” Odom said. “I’m going to check out the dorms and talk about academics of course. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with all of the players. I want to get to know all of them.”

As for his thoughts