This year’s edition of the Hargrave Military Academy postgraduate football squad contains three Virginia Tech 2007 class signees – former Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA) LB D.J. Thomas. All three players are in good spirits just two weeks into the Hargrave experience and all three are determined to get to Virginia Tech.
“Pressley is a good, solid slot receiver,” Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty said. “And D.J. can develop into a corner. He has got to learn the craft and get the technique down. He has got great feet and he plays hard. Odom is going to be a great one. All three of them are good looking athletes.”
“I would be very surprised if Odom doesn’t start at Tech his first year,” Prunty said. “He is the best linebacker I’ve coached since [former UVa and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker] Ahmad Brooks. He’s that good. This kid plays at another level. Once he caught on, I saw that this is the best linebacker I’ve coached since Ahmad Brooks.”
Not only does Odom feel confident about his performance, but he feels confident about his new teammates as well. Hargrave had its first scrimmage this Wednesday, when it took on Bridgewater.
“As a whole, everybody’s growing,” Odom said. “Everybody’s growing as a team. From there we’re just moving on. Everybody’s getting better. Hopefully, everybody is taking this as their redshirt year. That way, when they get to their colleges they can all be successful.”
The 6-2, 220-pound Odom, who says he needs to raise his ACT “a little bit” in order to qualify for Virginia Tech, looks forward to his Hargrave experience. He plans to only stay at Hargrave until December, as he wants to enroll at Virginia Tech in January.
“I’m hoping to just work on my grades and have a different kind of motivation...
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