Odom Thriving at Hargrave

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A Washington Post honorable mention all-metro performer his senior season at Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA), linebacker Quillie Odom impressed head coach Robert Prunty greatly upon arriving at Hargrave Military Academy in August. Prunty placed the 6-2, 225-pound Odom at middle linebacker, the position the Virginia Tech 2007 signee has started at all season long.

“I thought I was more of an outside linebacker, but the Hargrave coaches feel like I fit perfectly inside,” said Odom. “I’m physical, aggressive and I get to the ball. I have good vision for the ball. That’s why they like me inside. I always thought I was an undersized inside linebacker in high school, but if I keep being aggressive and be tougher and more physical out there then I think I could play inside in college.”

A consistent force for the Tigers defense, Odom has also come up with some big plays – he has made an interception, forced a fumble that resulted in a Hargrave touchdown and was in on a safety. Odom is playing with confidence and has been very pleased with his performance so far.

“I think I’m playing great,” said Odom, who feels like he has improved his technique in his short stint at Hargrave. “I feel like I’m on top of my game. I feel like I get better and better everyday. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do this when I go to Virginia Tech.”

Adjusting to the military school life can be difficult for some. For Odom, who has a specific goal of enrolling at Virginia Tech in January of 2008, it has not been a big transition. He remains focused on the task at hand.

“It hasn’t been too bad,” Odom said of life at Hargave. “I’m just trying to do as best as I can mentally. I’m trying to get what I need to get on the SAT or ACT. I’m doing real well on and off the field so I’ll be out by December.

“I think [the Hargrave experience] actually will help me get ready for Virginia Tech. Tech will be the same way in terms of getting up early and